MP breaks down in tears in gut-wrenching Commons moment after mother in law died alone


The MP for Strangford was overcome with emotion as he questioned the Government over allegations of a lockdown breaking party in the No10 garden. He said his mother-in-law was one of the 3,000 deaths from Covid in Northern Ireland as he asked for a “full and complete disclosure” of any rule-breaking in Downing Street to be made available to the police.

He said: “In Northern Ireland we reached the milestone of 3,000 deaths due to Covid just last week.

“Including my mother-in-law, who died alone.”

Mr Shannon struggled to carry on with his question as he broke down in tears recalling his family’s loss.

MPs offered support as they encouraged him to keep going.

He continued: “Will the paymaster general confirm there will be a full and complete disclosure to enable the police service to ascertain if all was done decently and within the regulations on the date and at that time?”

Responding on behalf of the Government, Cabinet Office minister Michael Ellis said: “I’m very sorry for his loss.

“He’s asking me if the results of the investigation will be made public, and they will be.”

Mr Shannon’s question came after Labour’s Angela Rayner secured an urgent question to quiz the Government over accusations that a “bring your own bottle” party was held on May 20 2020.

At the time Covid regulations meant that Britons in England could meet with just one person from outside their household bubble at a time.

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