During the Christmas 2020 shutdown, the former head of the Covid taskforce held a rule-breaking bash

During the Christmas 2020 shutdown, the former head of the Covid taskforce held a rule-breaking bash

Another government rule-breaking celebration, held in the Cabinet Office, was confirmed for Christmas 2020.

It was a farewell celebration for Kate Josephs, director-general of the Cabinet Office's Covid Taskforce until December 2020.

Ms Josephs, now CEO of Sheffield City Council, apologised to her Twitter followers for holding the drinks event on December 17.

: "On the evening of December 17, I gathered with colleagues for drinks in our Cabinet Office office to honour my departure from the Civil Service.

"I am really sorry for what I did and the ensuing anger."

Unreservedly sorry, she added.
"You must not have a work Christmas lunch or party," the government's Twitter account said the following day.

Sue Gray, a senior civil servant, is investigating at least eight more suspected rule-breaking parties attended by government officials during the pandemic.

This party is said to have taken place 24 hours before the famed 'cheese and wine' affair in Number 10.

Parties and social functions were prohibited in London at the time.
The statute plainly stated that “no person may engage in a Tier 3 gathering of two or more people in any interior space”.

As stated by the government, people "shall not have a work Christmas lunch or party, where that is a social activity".

The Cabinet Office confirmation came less than 24 hours after two further Downing Street parties were revealed, this time the day before Prince Philip's funeral.

After Boris Johnson's former communications director acknowledged to attending the ceremony, Downing Street apologised to the Queen.
According to Boris Johnson's spokesman, "Number 10 has apologised to the Palace" for the incident.

"As the PM said this week, No 10 should be held to the highest standards and accountable for mistakes."

While the latest party does not directly connect the PM, it adds to the perception that the administration was breaching rules while the rest of the country was under siege.

And Tory MPs - the only ones with the capacity to oust the PM - are getting angrier by the day.

Up to 20 MPs have reportedly written letters of no confidence in Mr Johnson, although that is far short of the requisite 54.

Staff partying before Prince Philip's burial would be the "nail in the coffin", one Tory told ITV News.
Sheffield City Council leader Terry Fox claimed the chief executive has personally apologised to him.

said he "To be honest, I'm disappointed - people will be upset and disappointed. I totally get it.

"After all that Sheffield has been through throughout the pandemic, this is bad news.

"Kate has been a great asset to Sheffield and its people over the last year.

"We anticipate our residents' questions and concerns as the inquiry unfolds."

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