Former Conservative London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey has resigned as chairman of a second London Assembly committee. Bailey resigned as chairman of the Assembly’s Police and Crime Committee last month after it emerged he attended a party hosted by his campaign staff during the lockdown in December 2020. Sources at City Hall today confirmed that Bailey has also stepped down as president. of the Economic Committee of the Assembly.
It comes as the Conservative Party leadership faces a growing backlash after details were unveiled this week of a ‘bring your own booze’ party held at 10 Downing Street in May 2020 as the country was still under pressure. strict locking restrictions. At least eight separate parties were said to have been hosted by government staff between May and December 2020, in addition to the December 14 party hosted by Bailey’s campaign which led to the discipline of four members of his team.
Despite his resignation as chairman of the Police and Crime Committee last month, Town Hall Tories insisted Bailey “will continue to stand up for Londoners”. However, the finalist in last year’s municipal elections has not appeared at any assembly meeting since a transport committee meeting on December 14, and has not spoken publicly since December 15, when he said. told the GB News television channel “it will take more than that [scandal] to stop me ”.
London (AM) Assembly Conservative MPs Leader Susan Hall said earlier today her group was “deeply disappointed” to learn of the Bailey campaign team’s existence, and that he was criticized by MAs of other parties, including Caroline Russell of the Green Group. who said it was his duty to “reflect” on his position as “elected person in public life”.
Bailey’s former political director of the campaign, Bexley adviser Adam Wildman, has left the Bexley Conservative group since a photograph appeared of the event in which he appeared.
Bailey and the Conservative Assembly group have been approached to comment on today’s developments.
Additional reporting by Dave Hill.