The shocking footage shows a Christmas party at the Conservative election headquarters where at least 24 people were drinking. London In December 2020.
Two dancing staff members are shown twirling past a “Keep your distance” sign and staggering into a table of buffet food. As I did so, I could hear other Conservative Party officials laughing, and one joked that he hoped the “breaking the rules” would not be caught.
The raucous party was organized by the election team of then-Mayor of London candidate Sean Bailey (now Lord Bailey).
In an interview with Sky News’ Sophie Ridge on Sunday, Gove said he hoped everyone filmed was “repentant,” adding that it was “a terrible thing.” I think you are completely out of line.
“I would like to apologize to anyone who saw that image and thought it was people who flouted the rules that were put in place to protect us all…
“The fact that this party was pushed through is indefensible to those who were there.”
London’s Metropolitan Police previously investigated the event, which took place on 14 December 2020, but were only able to obtain still images of partygoers, and Mr Gove refused to tell police whether the investigation should be reopened.
In an interview with Sky News’ Sophie Ridge on Sunday, Gove said he hoped everyone filmed was “repentant,” adding that it was “a terrible thing.” I think it’s completely insane. 』
Good Road: London mayoral candidate Sean Bailey, who was made aristocrat last week, is seen smiling at a party hosted by a team he was not elected to ridicule lockdown
He said Bailey and Ben Mallett should keep their honors on Boris Johnson’s resignation list.
Officers will now evaluate the new video, raising speculation that the Conservative Party could face yet another highly damaging police investigation.
The video I got Sunday mirrorIt’s the first time footage of a rules-breaking party in Westminster has been released.
A karaoke machine with flashing lights is shown while partygoers joke about breaking the rules.
A man in a brightly colored Christmas jumper is seen ballroom dancing with a woman in a red dress.
The unsettled duo swerve to the sounds of The Pogues’ New York fairy tale as they crash into a table laden with party food and wine glasses.
A man sees himself being recorded and says, “Oh, Christ!” Then another person asks, “Are you taking this?” Another responds, “Well, it’s for parties.”
“Unless you’re streaming, you’re bending the rules,” one man laughed as he proclaimed.
One of the people caught in the video is Conservative Party aide Ben Mallett, who was awarded an OBE on former Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s resignation honor list.
With a glass of red wine and festive attire, Mallett was the Conservative campaign manager for the 2021 London mayoral election. He is currently leading Moz Hossein’s campaign to run for mayor next year.
The video shows a man in a brightly colored Christmas jumper ballroom dancing with a woman in a red dress.
The video, which was obtained by The Sunday Mirror, is the first public release of footage of a rule-breaking party at Westminster.
A few days after the party, Mr Johnson announced a number of tighter restrictions that would prevent people in the hardest-hit areas from seeing their loved ones at Christmas.
Labor Deputy Leader Angela Reiner said last night that “the rioters openly mocked the rules that the British people have followed”. Conservatives think this is the rule for themselves and the rule for others.
“Instead of letting them face the consequences, Rishi Snak chose to bow to Boris Johnson and give them credit.” A sickening insult. 』
Photos of the controversial celebration by Bailey’s campaign team were first released in December 2021, putting renewed pressure on the number 10 over its conduct during the pandemic.
After the photo was released, Bailey apologized “without hesitation” and resigned as head of the London Parliament’s Police and Crime Commission.
“Formal disciplinary action has been taken against four CCHQ employees seconded to Bailey’s campaign,” a Conservative spokesman said.
A spokesperson for Sean Bailey’s campaign said, “This is old news.” We apologized repeatedly for this incident at the time. It was the subject of a police investigation that lasted almost a year. This matter is closed. 』
It’s not clear if the spokesperson is one of the people in the video.
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