Simon Case tells friends: I’ll be fined over ‘partygate’ – potentially making his job untenable

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Simon Case arriving for a Cabinet away day this week. The Cabinet Secretary has reportedly told friends he expects to receive a 'partygate' fine - Oli Scarff/Reuters
Simon Case arriving for a Cabinet away day this week. The Cabinet Secretary has reportedly told friends he expects to receive a 'partygate' fine - Oli Scarff/Reuters

Simon Case, the head of the Civil Service, has told colleagues he expects to be fined by police investigating the “partygate” scandal.

The Cabinet Secretary was present at more than one of the events being investigated by Scotland Yard and has received a questionnaire from detectives asking for an explanation for his actions.

While he is not one of the 100 people who have so far been issued with fixed penalty notices for breaching lockdown rules, he has told friends he fears he is unlikely to completely avoid a fine.

It is understood the Sue Gray report - which will be published once the police investigation is complete - will be particularly critical of Mr Case’s actions during the period when a series of illegal gatherings were held in Downing Street and Whitehall.

One source told the Telegraph: “It will be a huge surprise if Simon Case is not among those who are fined. Other senior civil servants have already been given fixed penalty notices and the feeling is that it is only a matter of time for him, given the findings in the Sue Gray report.”

In April, The Telegraph revealed that Helen McNamara, the former senior civil servant in charge of Whitehall ethics, had been fined for attending a raucous karaoke party.

Kate Josephs, the former civil servant who helped write the Covid rules, also received a fine in connection with her leaving party.

Downing Street has confirmed that it will confirm if Mr Case receives a fine, as it has done with the Prime Minister.

If he is to be fined, it will raise questions over his ability to stay in his post and will create a headache for the Government.

One source told the Financial Times: “His situation would probably become untenable. How could he lead the Civil Service if he is found to have broken the law?”

A Cabinet Office spokesman said: “The Cabinet Secretary’s entire focus is on leading the Civil Service and delivering on the priorities of the Government.”

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