Prem official was involved in Downing Street party and brought karaoke machine

A Premier League official was involved in one of the Downing Street parties and even brought a karaoke machine to No 10.

Former Deputy Cabinet Secretary Helen MacNamara, who is now the chief policy and corporate affairs officer for the English top flight, attended a leaving do for a government colleague on June 18, 2020, at which point the country was in the first national lockdown. The extent of her involvement has now been revealed by Sue Gray's long-awaited report.

Ms Gray wrote: "Some brought pizza and prosecco and they were followed by others, over the next couple of hours.

“Helen MacNamara, Deputy Cabinet Secretary, attended for part of the evening and provided a karaoke machine which was set up in an adjoining office to the waiting room."

MacNamara attended the second part of the event at around 7.40pm, with the last person standing not leaving until gone 3am the next morning. During that time one individual was sick and two others had a "minor altercation" following "excessive alcohol consumption".

MacNamara is one of the Premier League’s most senior officials. She has been leading the response to the fan-led review from last November which had called for an independent regulator in football.

She was fined by the Metropolitan Police last month for attending the lockdown-breaking party, prompting her to make a statement which read: "I am sorry for the error of judgement I have shown. I have accepted and paid the fixed penalty notice."

At the time of the gathering, Covid rules restricted people to meeting outdoors in groups of up to six, and they had to remain two metres apart. Ms Gray's report has prompted Prime Minister Boris Johnson to once again apologise to Parliament.

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