TV pundit and former footballer Gary Neville has challenged a Bolton MP over claims there was a Christmas party at 10 Downing Street during lockdown last year.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has faced increasing pressure over the alleged bash - which he did not attend.

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab has also faced ridicule after suggesting the Metropolitan Police could not investigate an allegation which was 12 months old.

Several people in Bolton were fined for attending gatherings which were deemed to be in breach of coronavirus regulations in force at the time.

Bury-born Neville has now e-mailed a letter to what appears to be his local MP, Bolton North East’s Mark Logan, calling on him to hold the PM to account over the party.

His letter reads: “I am writing to ask for an explanation as to why the residents of Bolton had to lockdown last Christmas whilst the Prime Minister was partying with his colleagues and friends.

“Did you (attend) any Christmas party related events with the Prime Minister or the Cabinet? Can I ask you to state your position on this matter, how you feel and can (I) get access to the attendee list?

“We need MPs to stand up and show courage to do the right thing and speak out against wrongdoing and admitting it has taken place.

“Unfortunately this follows a pattern (such as Dominic Cummings and Barnard Castle). Hancock, Johnson and no doubt many others are living by different rules.

“I think the constituents of Bolton would appreciate it if your asked the PM for the list of attendees and/or asked a similar questions at PMQs. Trust and accountability matters. A response would be very welcome.”

Mr Raab has insisted no Covid rules were broken over the alleged December 18 party.

Mr Logan's office has been approached for a comment.