Shaun Bailey: Ex London mayor candidate quits over Christmas partyon December 14, 2021 at 7:54 pm

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Shaun Bailey stands down as chair of a policing committee amid a row over an unauthorised party.

Shaun Bailey, Conservative Party candidate for the London mayoral election,

Image source, Getty Images

A former Conservative mayoral candidate who attended a Covid regulation-breaching Christmas party has quit as chair of a police and crime committee.

Shaun Bailey’s team organised the gathering at the Conservative Campaign Headquarters on 10 December 2020 when London was under Tier 2 restrictions banning household mixing.

He has now stepped down from the role but remains a member of the committee and the London Assembly.

Mr Bailey has yet to comment.

A spokesperson for the Greater London Authority Conservatives said Mr Bailey chose to step down to prevent the “unauthorised social gathering” distracting from the committee’s work of holding the Mayor of London to account.

Last week it emerged that four members of Mr Bailey’s campaign team had been disciplined over the “raucous” party in the basement of the Conservatives’ Westminster base.

He was said to have briefly attended to give a speech thanking the group, some of whom stayed on for the banned gathering, at its end-of-year-briefing.

Mr Bailey, who came second in May’s London mayoral election, had faced mounting calls to quit against a backdrop of the launch of an official probe into three government parties.

Boris Johnson announced last week that top civil servant Simon Case would lead an inquiry into a video of a mock press conference in which government spokeswoman Allegra Stratton joked with fellow staffers about a party held at 10 Downing Street in breach of regulations.

The clip, first shown by ITV News, was recorded last year on 18 December – a day on which more than 400 Covid deaths were reported.

Ms Stratton apologised and resigned over the video.

- Advertisement -




Nicola Sturgeon ‘refutes’ MP’s claims about Alex Salmond rowon March 17, 2021 at 1:51 pm

The first minister says claims by David Davis are "the latest instalment in Alex Salmond's conspiracy theory".image copyrightPA MediaNicola Sturgeon has said she "strongly...

Australian Open 2023: Jiri Lehecka beats Cameron Norrie at Melbourne Parkon January 20, 2023 at 9:32 am

British men's number one Cameron Norrie is out of the Australian Open after losing to rising star Jiri Lehecka.Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 16-29 JanuaryCoverage:...

Health secretary challenged on ambulance delayson August 25, 2022 at 7:43 pm

A woman approached the health secretary during an interview, accusing him of doing nothing about ambulance delays.A woman approached the health secretary during an...

Ash Barty: Australians react to world tennis number one’s shock retirementon March 23, 2022 at 3:39 pm

The BBC hears from tennis players in Brisbane, where the world number one Ashleigh Barty regular trained.

Italian church apologises after bishop tells children ‘Santa does not exist’on December 12, 2021 at 5:48 am

The bishop in Sicily told children Santa's red costume had been created by Coca-Cola, Italian media say.