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Covid rules boss admits leaving drinks behind during lockdown

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The former head of a government unit responsible for drafting Covid rules has apologized for organizing a drinks event during the 2020 Christmas lockdown.

Kate Joseph, ex-Chief of the Cabinet Office’s Covid task force, admitted she had gathered colleagues for her own farewell event on December 17, 2020.

It took place while strict restrictions on socializing remained in place in London. “I am really sorry that I have done this and the anger people will feel as a result,” Ms Josephs said in a statement on Friday.

Sheffield City Council chief executive Ms Josephs said she was cooperating with the ongoing investigation into government parties being carried out by senior official Sue Gray.

“On the evening of December 17, I met with colleagues who were at work that day over drinks in our office at the Cabinet Office to celebrate my retirement from public service,” Ms Josephs said in a statement released on Twitter .

“I’m really sorry that I did that and for the anger people will feel as a result. Sheffield has suffered greatly during this pandemic and I apologize unreservedly.”

She added: “I have fully cooperated with the Cabinet Office investigation and do not wish to prejudge the outcome of the investigation.”

The local government chief added: “I am grateful for the continued support from colleagues and partners and must now ask that people allow the Cabinet Office to complete its investigation. I will not be able to respond to any further questions until the Cabinet Office investigation is complete.”

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