First picture of ‘raucous’ Tory Christmas celebration thrown in lockdown

First image of raucous Tory Christmas party thrown in lockdown

An image of 24 individuals crowded collectively at a “raucous” Christmas celebration thrown by Tory aides throughout coronavirus restrictions has emerged.

A few of the group are proven sporting paper hats whereas one is sporting a Home of Commons Christmas jumper.

The occasion, organised by Tory Shaun Bailey’s mayoral marketing campaign, happened on December 14 final 12 months when London was in Tier 2, MirrorOnline reports.

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After he was approached by the Mirror tonight, Mr Bailey dramatically stop as chair of the London Meeting’s police and crime committee.

The picture additionally reveals a number of friends – together with billionaire Tory donor Nick Sweet – elevating glasses of wine whereas a catered buffet options prominently.

One of many revellers was a senior determine on Boris Johnson’s management election marketing campaign.

It emerged final week that Tory workers danced and drank wine late into the evening and revellers broken a door at what was described as a “raucous” occasion.

On the time, the capital was in Tier 2 restrictions which banned any social mixing between households indoors.

The celebration happened the day earlier than the No 10 festive quiz, the place Boris Johnson was pictured as quizmaster, and 4 days forward of the Downing Avenue Christmas bash.

Hours earlier than the celebration then well being secretary Matt Hancock introduced that the capital would transfer into more durable Tier 3 restrictions.

Tory insiders recommended tonight that celebration chairman Oliver Dowden was appalled by the {photograph} of the festive occasion.

The Conservatives have stated that “formal disciplinary motion” had been taken towards 4 CCHQ workers seconded to the marketing campaign.

A spokesman stated: “Senior CCHQ workers turned conscious of an unauthorised social gathering within the basement of [CCHQ] organised by the Bailey marketing campaign on the night of 14th December.

“Formal disciplinary motion was taken towards the 4 CCHQ workers who had been seconded to the Bailey marketing campaign.”

Scotland Yard has till now refused to research the Christmas gatherings citing an absence of proof.

Labour deputy chief Angela Rayner stated: “That is damning new proof of a celebration, with a buffet, drinks, Christmas apparel and completely no social distancing held at Conservative Celebration HQ.

“Shaun Bailey is an elected official that’s clearly breaking Covid laws on this picture and inspiring the identical of his workers.

“While everybody else was making sacrifices to maintain their neighborhood secure, the chair of the Police and Crime committee within the Better London Authority was partying.

“His place as chair was untenable and he knew that.”

Mr Bailey, who doesn’t drink alcohol, is alleged to have left the celebration early within the night, shortly after the image was taken.

A Shaun Bailey marketing campaign spokesperson stated: “On the night of 14 December 2020, on the finish of the working day, the marketing campaign hosted a post-work occasion to thank marketing campaign workers for his or her efforts over the course of they 12 months.

“This was a critical error of judgement and we totally settle for that gathering like this as that point was flawed and apologise unreservedly”.

A spokesperson for Mr Sweet stated: “Nick Sweet attended the workplace of the Shaun Bailey marketing campaign for an finish of 12 months evaluate on 14 December 2021. He gave a brief thanks speech to the group and spent a while with Shaun Bailey to debate marketing campaign issues earlier than leaving shortly afterwards.”

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