Mayor of London says Shaun Bailey should be stripped of peerage over Partygate video

Mayor of London says Shaun Bailey should be stripped of peerage over Partygate video

Sadiq Khan has suggested his former mayoral opponent Shaun Bailey should be stripped of his impending peerage following the release of last week’s ‘partygate’ video.

Speaking at Mayor’s Question Time on Thursday, Mr Khan said “Londoners are furious” about the video and that those present at the December 2020 gathering “should be held to account for their actions, not rewarded”.

The video, published last week by the Sunday Mirror, showed Conservative activists dancing and joking about “bending the rules”, while London was under Tier 2 Covid restrictions, which banned indoor social gatherings.

The event was described on an invitation for the event as “The Shaun Bailey for London Holiday Party”.

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Mr Bailey was earlier this month offered a peerage by Boris Johnson. He is expected to join the House of Lords on July 18, according to reports.

The former Tory mayoral candidate was absent from Thursday’s meeting. He was said by Assembly chairman Andrew Boff not to be present because he was “suffering a bereavement”.

Police are reviewing the video of the event and Mark Rowley, the Met Police commissioner, has suggested fines may follow.

Mr Khan said the appearance of “lawmakers being lawbreakers” was a “plague on all our houses”, after Labour Assembly Member Leonie Cooper asked whether he agreed that the video had “brought all of us in public life into disrepute”.

He added: “At a time when leading Conservatives were partying, Londoners faced tight restrictions on numbers at funerals.”

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