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Downing Street denies Boris Johnson broke lockdown by having pal stay over Xmas

Downing Street has insisted that Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie complied with coronavirus rules following reports Johnson’s friend Nimco Ali stayed with them over Christmas.

Johnson ’s official spokesman said: “The Prime Minister and Mrs Johnson have followed the coronavirus rules at all times.”

Nimco Ali also hit back at allegations she broke lockdown rules by spending Christmas with the couple.

She tweeted: “No I did not break any rules but you all knew that and just wanted a reason to tweet hate.”

Ali insisted “I did not break any rules” after a report in the US in Harper’s Magazine claimed she “spent Christmas with the couple at No 10 despite pandemic restrictions on holiday gatherings”.

No10 and Ali, who is godmother to the couples’ toddler son Wilfred, have both now denied that any covid rules were broken.

But it is still unclear whether they spent Christmas together as the strict rules in place allowed for a childcare bubble to be created with a person from a single household.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman confirmed that neither grandmother, either the PM or the his wife’s mother, were part of the couple’s bubble over Christmas.

In the week before Christmas with covid restrictions being reimposed across the UK, London was slapped into tier four restrictions which meant that people could not mix indoors with anyone not from their household.

Last October, Ali, who is Carrie Johnson’s best friend, was handed a key job as a Home Office adviser on tackling violence against women and girls without the post being advertised.

Amid surging coronavirus cases last December the government scrapped the planned relaxation of rules just a week before Christmas.

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