A nursing home manager was fired for attending a lockdown party held the day after Boris Johnson allegedly attended a jam-packed farewell night on Downing Street.
Seasoned Selina Taylor broke Covid rules in November 2020 by going to a meeting with six young professionals to celebrate one of her birthdays.
Miss Taylor, who worked at the nursing home for 15 years, later apologized and admitted she was “stupid” attending a colleague’s home party.
She was released after a disciplinary investigation.
The meeting, held on Nov. 28, 2020, was just a day after the Prime Minister was accused of going to a busy farewell party for Downing Street’s top advisor Cleo Watson.
At the party believed to be under investigation by senior official Sue Gray, people were reportedly drinking and Johnson gave a speech.
Miss Taylor’s case highlights how seriously employers took No. 10 potential violations of lockdown laws – in this case, the most severe sanction available to them.
In November 2020, the UK was hit by a second national lockdown and government-imposed rules meant that indoor gatherings were banned.
Exit # 10 on November 27 is one of many suspected parties leading up to Christmas 2020 that are now being investigated.
A labor court heard that Miss Taylor was employed by Borough Homes, which operates 11 care homes for the elderly and vulnerable in Stockport, Greater Manchester.
Miss Taylor, who had a clean record and was the manager of Bamford Close in Stockport, was on annual vacation in November 2020 and was invited to her birthday gathering by nursing assistant Pat Renshaw.
However, Miss Taylor was caught on a Snapchat video that was filmed that night.
A tribunal report said: “On Monday November 30th, Borough Homes received an email about a party with a video attachment.
“The video was posted on social media and showed employees dancing and frolicking in close contact with one another. Miss Taylor could be seen in it.
“It was clear from the video that the event was a party with no social distancing and no PPE.”
Miss Taylor, who did not inform bosses or test staff about Covid-19 when she returned to work, was then investigated.
When asked why she didn’t stop the party, she said that she had been told it would be some people who were eating a curry and even claimed that she wanted to “spy on” them.
She claimed she “took off her mask while drinking, then put it back on”, but the court found that the video shows that “no masks were in sight” and “there was no evidence of social distancing”.
Miss Taylor also said that she and her six colleagues were in a work bubble and that she left because “curiosity conquered her” and “stayed for a short time.”
Miss Taylor was released on December 22nd, four days after a Christmas party on Downing Street that resulted in the resignation of No. 10 Counselor Allegra Stratton.
Borough Homes said their behavior had discredited the company. Miss Taylor “admitted the party, but the residents were at risk, but said they were at risk any day”.
Since then, Miss Taylor has taken legal action against Borough Homes claiming she was wrongly dismissed.
However, a labor court in Liverpool has now dismissed their lawsuit.
Labor Judge Liz Ord said, “Miss Taylor has violated Borough Home government policies and infection control practices for no good reason.
“In addition, her participation in the party, if only for a short time, had helped other young professionals with their breaks.
“The participants had mingled in close proximity and no PPE was worn, which made the situation worse and increased the risk.
“Miss Taylor should have set an example for the young talent and not participate herself.
“She should have tried to prevent the party under the circumstances.
“The Party has thus unnecessarily jeopardized the lives of vulnerable elderly people, and Miss Taylor’s stance in saying they were in danger anyway was irresponsible and inappropriate for a person in their position of leadership and authority.”