Jon Sopel leaving the USA

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

I refer to Spectator article headlined "BBC political editor frontrunner’s thousand-dollar bash" and a tweet from Mr Sopel ( dated November 23rd 2021 that states "Thank you ⁦@KarenPierceUK⁩ for the wonderful send off tonight from ⁦@UKinUSA⁩ - great evening with so many good friends. And I’m sure that is a glass of water I’m holding…."

Please provide the following information:
1) How accurate is the sum of $1000 stated by The Spectator?
2) Who paid the $1000 or the sum involved?
3) How "many good friends" attended the event?
4) Who were they?
5) What Covid-related social distancing measures were in place?

Yours faithfully,

Mr A Willmore

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