Sheffield council leader Terry Fox says committee will consider Sue Gray report regarding Kate Josephs

Sheffield Council’s leader has offered no direct comment on the revelation that chief executive Kate Joseph’s leaving drinks are being investigated by police.

Monday, 31st January 2022, 10:27 pm

A total of 12 gatherings at senior Government offices are now under police investigation according to a long-awaited and scathing report into lockdown breaching parties published on Monday (January 31) by civil servant Sue Gray.

Ms Josephs released a statement and apologised about the party just minutes before a national newspaper published the story on January 14.

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Sheffield City Council leader Terry Fox says he wants to let the cross-party committee into Kate Josephs admission of attending a gathering in lockdown "do its job".

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It comes after Sheffield formed a cross-party committee of councillors to decide whether to take no further action, give an information warning or if further investigation is required.

Following the release of Sue Gray’s update today, the leader of the council, Terry Fox, has made the following statement: “It’s clear from Sue Gray’s update today that the event from December 17, 2020, is going to be investigated by the Metropolitan Police.

"The council’s cross-party committee is due to meet again tomorrow (February 1), and they will consider Sue Gray’s update as part of their deliberations. We now need to let the committee, chaired by councillor Julie Grocutt, do its work.”

The Sue Gray report says the Met Police will investigate the party CEO Kate Josephs attended at the Cabinet Office on December 17, 2020.

Sue Gray looked at a total of 16 gatherings, 12 of which are now under police investigation.

She stresses in her report that "no conclusions should be drawn” from this.