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Luton Mayor resigns after Labour politician caught breaking coronavirus lockdown rules

Luton's mayor has resigned from his position

Luton's mayor has resigned from his position (Image: EXPRESS)

Cllr Tahir Malik was caught on camera at a packed garden party with at least 12 others last month. He and at least two other councillors who appeared in the video posted online were forced to apologise. Now, he has announced he is quitting his role.

Mr Malik said: "Once again I regret my actions which were below the standard of my position and would like to sincerely apologise to the people of Luton for attending this gathering which was in breach of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

"There is no excuse for what I did – I should have known better and I accept full responsibility for my actions."

The garden party was held in Luton on July 21 - days before the town was named as an "area of intervention" due to the rise in the number of fresh COVID-19 infections. 

In one snap he can be seen sitting at a table with a face mask hanging around his neck while failing to keep two metres away from other party-goers. 

All attendees at the gathering appear to be men. 

Luton Borough Council conducted an investigation after the Daily Telegraph released the video of the party in which the mayor could be seen breaking social distancing rules. 

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