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Led by Donkeys plays party politics with Met Police ambush

By John Glenday | Reporter

December 16, 2021 | 4 min read

Led by Donkeys have drawn upon the BBC's Line of Duty for its latest political stunt, a drive-by critique of the Metropolitan Police for failing to investigate an alleged Christmas Party in Downing Street last that allegedly contravened lockdown rules.

Citing a 'lack of evidence' to pursue a criminal case, the force has refused to become embroiled in the scandal, prompting the anti-Brexit political campaign group to go on the attack. Voiced by Adrian Dunbar the guerilla campaign has racked up an impressive 3.4m views on Twitter with the group enquiring: "Who exactly does the @MetPoliceUK work for ma'am? Our citizens, or Boris Johnson?"

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Led by Donkeys play party politics with Met Police ambush

A van-mounted digital screen was parked in front of the famous New Scotland Yard revolving sign to make this point, with Dunbar's gravelly voice blaring out from enclosed loudspeakers to ensure its message was heard loud and clear.

Dunbar said: "The statement claimed a criminal enquiry is not possible because there is, quote, 'an absence of evidence'. Correct me if I'm wrong here, ma'am but the whole purpose of a police inquiry is to gather evidence."

Taking matters into their own hands Led by Donkeys have gathered their own evidence, citing examples of The Met Police cracking down on parties held around the same time as the infamous Number 10 event.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson acknowledges that a staff gathering took place but insists it was a work meeting, not a party. Pondering the philosophical nature of when a party is not a party Dunbar notes that there is email evidence that gifts were exchanged, wine was drunk and Christmas jumpers were worn during the festive meetup.

The stunt follows the release of an excruciating video in which staffers were described referring to the gathering as a 'party' while laughing about the controversy it would cause should it ever come to light.

Led by Donkeys has previously targeted GB News advertisers in a bid to starve the news channel of revenue for hiring its Nigel Farage as a political commentator.

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