LIVERPOOL’S Labour deputy mayor has stood down after a video emerged of a celebration in her backyard on her 50th birthday through the strictest part of the coronavirus lockdown.
Video clips displaying a dozen folks gathered in Councillor Lynnie Hinnigan’s backyard had been posted on Might 9 – days earlier than any of the powerful lockdown measures had been eased.
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Ms Hinnigan instructed the Liverpool Echo that the occasion for birthday was not a celebration and that she had stayed away from household and mates.
The video which was posted reveals a lot of chairs unfold out throughout the backyard and bunting and balloons hanging off the fences.
Ms Hinnigan mentioned the occasion had been organised secretly by her daughter – and she or he had stayed inside all the time.
She mentioned: “I actually wasn’t conscious that it was taking place, it was genuinely a shock.
“Everyone seems to be discovering lockdown exhausting, not seeing household and mates, however everybody ought to nonetheless comply with the foundations, keep alert, keep secure and socially distance, which is strictly what I instructed my daughter and the rationale I by no means left the home.
“I’m sorry if this has damage anybody because it was by no means mine or my daughter’s intention.
“Many different households in our metropolis have struggled all through this era. We nonetheless have to comply with the steering till we will meet nose to nose once more.”
The native Labour group mentioned Councillor Hinnigan had “voluntarily and quickly” stepped down forward of an investigation.
Chief whip of the Liverpool Labour group councillor Ruth Bennett mentioned in a press release: “We’ve obtained emails concerning Lynnie Hinnigan and might verify that she is being investigated.
“Within the meantime, she has, in settlement with the mayor, voluntarily and quickly stepped down from her council roles with fast impact through the investigation into her actions.”
Richard Kemp, the chief of Liverpool metropolis council’s Liberal Democrat opposition, referred to as for Hinnigan to resign. He mentioned on Twitter: “These of us in public life should set an instance not discover excuses.”
Lockdown measures weren’t eased till days after the obvious celebration on Might 13.
The present measures don’t enable for folks to see multiple particular person from one other family at a time.
Folks will likely be allowed to collect in teams of as much as six folks in gardens from Monday, the Prime Minister introduced this week.
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