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Allegra Stratton broke down in tears as she resigned from the government after she was seen in a video joking about last year’s illicit lockdown Christmas party at Downing Street.

Stratton, who most recently served as a spokesperson for COP26, confirmed the news of her departure outside her home in London.

She began to stumble on her words as she confirmed she would be leaving Boris Johnson’s communications team. “To all of you who lost loved ones, endured intolerable loneliness and struggled with your business – I am sorry and this afternoon I have offered my resignation to prime minister.”

Stratton’s voice cracked as she said: “I understand the anger and frustration that people feel.”

She added: “My remarks seemed to make light of rules, rules that people were doing everything to obey. That was never my intention… “I will regret those remarks for the rest of my days.”

It comes after the Prime Minister put his staff under the bus, announcing during PMQs that the Cabinet Secretary, Simon Case, is launching an investigation into the alleged jamboree which will lead to “disciplinary measures”.

Who of the PM’s aides is next on the hit list?