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Tory MP breaks lockdown to attend a gathering at a BBQ

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Bob Sealy a Conservative MP has apologised after he broke the lockdown rules after he attended a BBQ on the Isle of White with a number of other people.

A journalist hosted the gathering in the village of Seaview on the Isle of White two weeks ago, according to the Guardian newspaper.

The Government only relaxed guidance on Monday 1 June, allowing groups of up to six people, and only in a private garden.

In a statement issued to his local paper, Seely said, “I apologise because, on balance, I called this wrong. It would have been better to have spoken to this person without any others nearby.

“At a sensible distance, we talked in the garden. The others left 15 minutes later, and I stayed to talk with this person for a further 20 mins or so. I then left.

“I didn’t go inside any building; nor did I have a drink. As it was after normal working hours, my girlfriend was with me.

“In the interests of being transparent, I am happy to confirm that, as the Island’s MP, I have had a very small number of other such face-to-face conversations – again at a social distance – over recent weeks with other people on the Isle of Wight [such as council, media and public health representatives]when requested.

“I will continue to make myself available in person where it is considered safe and responsible to do so.

“I am aware that this had been a stressful and trying time for many people. I am glad that restrictions have been cautiously eased and we are moving on to a new form of normal.

“Sorry that I got this one wrong.”




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