Shaun Bailey Leaves London Assembly Role After Lockdown Party Reports | Shaun Bailey
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Shaun Bailey stepped down from an official role in the London assembly after it emerged he attended a ‘boisterous’ party amid the Covid lockdown in December last year.
The Tory candidate for mayor in London earlier this year stepped down as chair of the Police and Crime Committee, a statement from the Tory Assembly group said.
He added: “He does not want an unauthorized social rally involving former members of the London Mayor’s campaign team last December to distract from the important work of the committee which requires the Mayor of London to accountable.”
The move puts increased pressure on Boris Johnson and his Downing Street staff, who have been accused of staging a series of social events defying the lockdown in winter last year and earlier. Johnson has also faced allegations he organized events at his Downing Street apartment.
The only central government figure to have resigned so far is Allegra Stratton, spokesperson for the Cop26 climate summit, who was previously Johnson’s press secretary. She resigned after images were broadcast of her and other No 10 staff joking about an apparent party on December 18, 2020 in Downing Street, a party officials previously denied they had.
The revelations about Bailey’s party first appeared in The Times last Thursday, and there is speculation that more details about what happened during the event on December 14, 2020 could be released from imminent way.
According to initial reports, staff danced and drank wine at the event, which was held in the basement of Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ), the floor from which the campaign took place in Bailey Town Hall.
This came on the day that then-Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that the capital was entering Level 3 restrictions. At the time, the social mix inside with anyone from another home was already banned.
The event brought together people from the countryside, as well as Conservative staff working on another floor. Bailey attended and received a Lego set as a Christmas present.
The Times called the event “hoarse,” saying a door was damaged in the process. Tory officials argue that Bailey was there “briefly” to deliver a speech and thank his team, and that the unauthorized element took place later. The CCHQ sanctioned four staff members.
Bailey has not commented since the reports were released. However, the Labor group in the London assembly said it had to report publicly on what had happened.
In a letter to Bailey, reported by the MyLondon website, Leonie Cooper, chair of the Labor Group, said: ‘Londoners will have read the allegations that you attended a party at CCHQ, organized by your campaign, on December 14th. while were in place and will naturally want answers.
In the May municipal election, a vote delayed by a year due to Covid, Bailey featured incumbent Labor mayor Sadiq Khan closer than expected, but lost 55% to 45% once the votes were second preferably counted.
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