Former Tory candidate for mayor Shaun Bailey AM has resigned as chairman of the London Assembly Police body, following revelations he attended a year-round breaking Christmas party last.
The Boris Johnson-backed police chief has bowed to pressure after a week of calls for him to resign.
Calls for his resignation became deafening after Tories admitted last Wednesday that an event organized by then-mayor Shaun Bailey’s campaign took place at party headquarters in Westminster on December 14 last year – despite a ban to mix between households in the capital.
Mr Bailey attended the party, hosted by his campaign team who worked in the basement at the time, The Times reported. Four members of Shaun Bailey’s campaign staff were subsequently sanctioned by the CCHQ.
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The party gathered # 10 attendees and danced and drank wine until the early hours of the morning despite the strict rules against indoor socializing at the time. London was in the level 2 restrictions.
The senior curator was due to chair Wednesday’s Police and Crime Committee – toasting Sadiq Khan’s team on their policing strategy.
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But members of the Labor Assembly (MA) were to challenge Mr Bailey – in person – to step down at the start of the session.
An email from the London Assembly, seen by MyLondon, says Conservative Town Hall leader Susan Hall AM will take over in the interim.
An AM told MyLondon that “the silence speaks volumes” of Mr Bailey.
A Conservative GLA spokesperson said: “Shaun Bailey AM has today stepped down as Chairman of the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee.
“He does not want an unauthorized social rally involving former members of the London Mayor’s campaign team last December to distract from the important work of the Committee which holds the Mayor of London to account.
“He will continue to stand up for Londoners who no longer feel safe in our city and to push for a strategy to tackle the disproportionate level of crime in London’s black community.”
Unmesh Desai AM, chief of police for the Labor Assembly in London, said: “Shaun Bailey still has to answer questions put to him by the Labor group.”
Questions include who attended the rally and whether Mr. Bailey received any gifts at the party.
MyLondon understands that Shaun Bailey gave a speech to the staff at the last CCHQ Christmas party and thanked them for their work. The London Tories believe it was only after that it became a party. Mr. Bailey does not drink.
City Hall Labor has said Mr Bailey’s role as chairman of the London Assembly Police Committee, which reviews Met Police and the Mayor on crime, was untenable following the resignations.
In a letter to Mr Bailey, the Acting Labor President of the London Assembly, Leonie Cooper AM, writes: Naturally want answers.
MyLondon understands that he did not respond to the letter. As of this writing, he has not tweeted since the scandal broke.
It is the latest development in around fifteen scandals for the Conservative Party, during rule-breaking rallies last year.
The Prime Minister announced an investigation in Whitehall into a Christmas party at No 10 on December 18 – one of seven or more alleged holidays as Londoners face the ban on social gatherings.
This is breaking news – watch this space for updates.