“I tried to do right by you all, to behave with civility and decency and act to the high standards you expect of Number 10,” Allegra said.
“I understand the anger and frustration that people feel; to all of you who lost loved ones, who endured intolerable loneliness and who struggled with your businesses - I am truly sorry,” she continued before adding that she was offering her resignation to prime minister Boris Johnson.
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Johnson has apologised for the incident and has requested an investigation into the claims. He also told MPs he was “furious” about the video appearing to show aides laughing.
Johnson had repeatedly insisted that the rules in Downing Street were followed since the claims first emerged. But at Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons, he said he based that stance on the assurance from junior staff.