UK: Top official quits Christmas party investigation
20 December 2021 | 5:38 pm
Simon Case was leading the probe into alleged Christmas parties held by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's staff in breach of COVID restrictions. Case has quit after reports of parties in his own office.
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