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‘Makes me sick!’ BBC Question Time audience slams Tory MP over Number 10 Christmas party

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Erewash MP Maggie Throup, 64, struggled through a difficult five minutes in last night’s episode of Question Time. Members of the programme’s audience were determined to share their thoughts on reports Downing Street hosted a festive party last December.

The party was reportedly held on December 18, while England was plunged into tier three COVID-19 restrictions.

According to the UK Government, tier three restrictions indicated there was a “very high alert”.

During this time, the Government asked Brits to ensure “no mixing of households indoors, or most outdoor places, apart from support bubbles” while the rules were enforced.

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In yesterday’s Question Time episode, one audience member explained how angry she was that she was unable to see her parents last Christmas.

“It makes me sick,” she said.

But when pushed by BBC host Fiona Bruce, 57, about what happened last Christmas, Ms Throup was unable to provide the audience with what they wanted to hear.

Ms Bruce then asked those in attendance: “Who wants to know if there was a Christmas party or not?”

Hands shot up across the hall and audience members yelled out “yes”.

The BBC host then turned to the Vaccines Minister and said: “Come on Maggie… Was there a Christmas party or wasn’t there?”

While Ms Throup maintained she did not know if there was a party and insisted all guidance was followed, fellow panellists interjected to share their thoughts.

Labour’s Shadow Commons leader Thangam Debbonaire, 55, said: “There was, come on.”

Ex-Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis, 62, added: “It’s a yes or no.”

“Number 10 is a workplace and I have been reassured all guidance has been followed,” the Erewash MP replied.

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Mr Paphitis was left chuckling and Ms Debbonaire had her head in her hands.

The entrepreneur added: “There can’t have been a party if the guidance was followed!”

Another audience member told Ms Throup: “I’m afraid that your Prime Minister has just got you all in a little bubble, so you just have to say what you think he wants you to see.”

Ms Throup, Mr Paphitis and Ms Debbonaire joined Ms Bruce, 57, in Weston-super-Mare on the broadcaster’s flagship current affairs panel programme.

The quartet appeared also alongside Liberal Democrat MP Wendy Chamberlain, 44, and Professor Peter Openshaw, 67.

Next week’s episode of Question will be in Hendon.

The show will air on BBC One at 10.35pm on Thursday.

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