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I'm A Celebrity: Ant and Dec take swipe at 'fictional' Downing Street party

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly wasted no time in calling out the Prime Minister over the ‘fictional’ Christmas party scandal on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! tonight.

The presenting duo took a swipe at Downing Street just hours after footage was released of Boris Johnson’s former press secretary Allegra Stratton answering questions at a mock press conference on December 22, 2020, about an alleged bash the previous Friday.

At the rehearsal with Ms Stratton, Ed Oldfield, a special adviser to Mr Johnson, asked her: ‘I’ve just seen reports on Twitter that there was a Downing Street Christmas party on Friday night, do you recognise those reports?’

Ms Stratton replied ‘I went home’ before a discussion with colleagues about whether the event was a ‘cheese and wine’ evening.

She added: ‘This fictional party was a business meeting … and it was not socially distanced.’

Ant and Dec referenced the video during a live segment while telling viewers a new camp leader had been chosen.

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‘It is all change in camp now because yesterday the celebs chose a new leader by the gift of a secret vote,’ Dec said.

Ant continued: ‘It means David’s reign is over, but they weren’t celebrating. They didn’t have a party.

‘They categorically deny any suggestions that they had a party and this fictional party definitely didn’t involve cheese and wine or a secret Santa.’

Dec then added: ‘Evening, Prime Minister… for now.’

Viewers applauded the moment on social media, with one writing: ‘Ant and Dec mentioning the “fictional” Christmas party on #ImACeleb can only be helpful getting the message out.’

Ater denying the #ImACeleb’s had a party in the castle

“Evening, Prime Minister….for now”

Good on @antanddec #ImACelebrity

Ant and Dec calling out the Tories Christmas party on #ImACeleb and saying ‘good evening prime minister… for now’ pic.twitter.com/8qL8Iyt96G

Ant and Dec mentioning the ‘fictional’ Christmas party on #ImACeleb can only be helpful getting the message out.

@antanddec you bloody legends with that party link 👏🏻👏🏻 #eveningprimeminister #ImACeleb

Ant & dec calling out Boris over his Christmas party last year! YES ANT & DEC THIS IS WHAT WE WANT!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #ImACeleb pic.twitter.com/ULJe5uyoV2

Echoing a similar sentiment, another added: ‘Ant & Dec calling out Boris over his Christmas party last year! YES ANT & DEC THIS IS WHAT WE WANT!’

In response to the footage, a Downing Street spokesman said: ‘There was no Christmas party. Covid rules have been followed at all times.’

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues on Wednesday at 9pm on ITV.

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