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UK civil service chief under pressure over new lockdown party claims – POLITICO

UK civil service chief under pressure over new lockdown party claims – POLITICO
Latest revelations include late-2020 leaving drinks for former head of the government unit tasked with drawing up COVID restrictions.

That investigation is now also expected to address the revelation that a leaving party was held in the Cabinet Office on December 17, 2020 for Kate Josephs, the former head of the government unit responsible for drawing up COVID restrictions.The Cabinet Office said “categorically” that he did not attend.Civil service officials claimed he had attended drinks outside his office in Whitehall in December 2020, as first reported by POLITICO and the Independent — allegations which were categorically denied by the Cabinet Office.The Cabinet Office acknowledged a virtual quiz had taken place but said the cabinet secretary “played no part in the event.

” The news of a third party at the Cabinet Office raises fresh questions about the role of Case in implementing any changes or sanctions against civil servants arising from Gray’s report.civil service faces a nightmare of his own after details of a third alleged rule-breaking party in his department came to light.

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