Former Kovid task force chief apologizes to party in December 2020 | Politics

A former senior civil servant, who heads the government’s Covid Taskforce, has apologized for leaving a drink during a lockdown before Christmas 2020.

Kate Joseph, who is now the chief executive Sheffield The city council said it was “really sorry” for the December 17 incident – the day before No. 10 hosted its Christmas party.

The meeting, which was first reported by the Telegraph, was attended by “dozens” of officials from the Covid-19 task force of the Cabinet Office, while the country was under lock and key.

The same day, the government’s official Twitter feed answered a question about whether employers could hold Christmas parties at the end of the workday.

It said: “Hello Mick, although there are discounts for work purposes, you should not have a work Christmas lunch or party where it is primarily a social activity and otherwise not permitted by your level rules.”

Joseph tweeted a statement apologizing for what had happened, saying: “People know that I used to work in the Cabinet Office Covid Taskforce where I was the Director General from July 2020 to December 18, 2020.”

“I fully support the Council of Ministers’ investigation and do not wish to pursue further findings. However, as chief executive of Sheffield City Council, I am responsible for leading the organization and working with city and region partners to support our cowardly response and recovery. That is why I have decided to make a statement.

“On the evening of December 17, the day I left the civil service, I met with my co-workers at our cabinet office after drinking alcohol.

“I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused and the outrage that people have felt as a result.

“Specific facts of this incident will be considered in the context of the Cabinet Office investigation. I have not attended any events at 10 Downing Cents. I am grateful for the continued support of colleagues and partners and now need to request the people to allow the Cabinet Office to complete its investigation.”

Sheffield City Council leader Terry Fox said: “Honestly, I need to express my deep frustration – people will get angry and frustrated. I fully understand that.

“After all that Sheffield suffered during the epidemic, this is news we don’t want to receive.

“Since last year, Kate has been the property of our city and she has been working tirelessly for Sheffield and its people. Our residents have questions and concerns, and we are awaiting the results of the investigation. ”

This is the second report of a drink drop on Downing Street in the last 24 hours. James Slack, Former communications director, has been revealed to be one Leaving to During the lockout on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral, Downing Street proceeded to apologize to the Queen.

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