Top London Tory Shaun Bailey quits Assembly role amid anger over ‘rule breaking’ party

Top London Tory Shaun Bailey quits Assembly role amid anger over ‘rule breaking’ party

Former Conservative mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey AM has quit as chair of the London Assembly’s economy committee, following revelations that he attended a rule-breaking party in 2020.

The move comes weeks after the Met police announced it was investigating a December 2020 party organised by Shaun Bailey’s then-mayoral campaign, which took place in the Tory party’s Westminster HQ.

The party flouted a ban on mixing between households in the capital at the time.

And it follows growing anger over news of another rule-breaking party in Downing Street in May 2020, where up to 100 guests were invited while socialising in groups was banned.

READ MORE:Remarkable picture shows 24 people huddled together at Christmas party for Shaun Bailey which ‘broke Covid rules’

The Boris Johnson-backed economy chair has faced growing calls to quit the Assembly altogether, but will retain his near-£60,000 a year London Assembly salary.

Shaun Bailey (white shirt centre) quit as chair of the London Assembly’s police and crime committee

The “raucous” December 2020 Conservative HQ party was attended by No 10 aides, and featured dancing and wine-drinking into the early hours despite tough rules against indoor socialising at the time. London was in Tier 2 restrictions.

The senior Tory has also quit as chair of City Hall’s police and crime committee, where he grilled Sadiq Khan’s team on its policing strategy. MyLondon understands he has not appeared at London Assembly meetings since the scandal erupted.

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Mr Bailey apologised for attending the gathering but initially his team claimed he left early – a claim disputed after the Mirror found he stayed until at least 10pm.

The City Hall Conservative party did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

A GLA Conservative spokesman said after his police committee resignation: “He does not want an unauthorised social gathering involving some former members of the London mayoral campaign team last December to distract from the Committee’s important work holding the Mayor of London to account.”

Last month Acting London Assembly Labour chair Leonie Cooper AM demanded answers over Mr Bailey’s actions: “Londoners will have read the allegations that you attended a party at CCHQ, organised by your campaign, on December 14 whilst Tier 2 restrictions were in place, and will understandably want answers.”

MyLondon understands that he failed to respond to the letter.

It’s the latest development in more than a month of scandals for the Conservative party over rule-breaching gatherings since the pandemic began.

The PM has announced a Whitehall investigation into a Christmas bash at No 10 on December 18 – one of seven or more alleged parties while Londoners faced bans on social gatherings.

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