Fact Check-Video of Britain’s former health minister doing karaoke is from 2017
A video of Britain’s former health minister doing karaoke is being shared online, with people falsely saying it shows a lockdown party in Downing Street. The footage was filmed in 2017, long before the pandemic started.
The 55-second clip shows Matt Hancock singing Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ into a microphone next to a crowded dancefloor.
He is joined on stage by fellow MP Therese Coffey, the secretary of state for work and pensions (here).
Sharing the video on Dec. 8, one Facebook user told her friends in the comments that it was filmed on Dec. 18, 2020 – one of the dates when staff at No. 10 have been accused of breaking COVID-19 rules to throw a party (here).
The user added: “Well here is the icing on the cake. I have no words. The absolute liberty that this is, yet I’m laughing because these fools are pathetic. Stop letting these piss taking imbeciles tell us what to do and how to live.”
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has faced a barrage of criticism since a separate video emerged showing his staff laughing and joking about a Downing Street party during a 2020 Christmas lockdown when such festivities were banned. Downing Street had denied a party took place.
The video of Hancock is from a totally different event.
It was captured in October 2017 during the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, when Hancock was serving as culture secretary under then prime minister Theresa May (here).
Hancock resigned from his cabinet post in June 2021 after admitting to breaking lockdown rules by kissing and embracing an aide in his office (here).
Reuters has addressed another miscaptioned video here that was falsely suggested to show a Downing Street party.
Miscaptioned. The video was filmed in October 2017.
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