A deputy mayor has “temporarily” stepped down after footage emerged of a gathering in her garden during lockdown.

The city’s Labour group will carry out an inquiry into deputy mayor Lynnie Hinnigan after a video was shared on social media which showed at least 12 people at her home, where a number of chairs were laid out.

The councillor has denied that any party too place due to the ongoing restrictions put in place to fight Covid-19.

These images appeared on social media

She says guests dropped off gifts in a surprise event for her 50th birthday, organised by her daughter.

“I really wasn’t aware that it was happening, it was genuinely a surprise,” she told the Liverpool Echo.

“Everyone is finding lockdown hard, not seeing family and friends, but everyone should still follow the rules, stay alert, stay safe and socially distance, which is exactly what I told my daughter and the reason I never left the house.

This images of Liverpool's deputy mayor Lynnie Hinnigan appeared on social media

“I am sorry if this has hurt anyone as it was never mine or my daughter’s intention.

“Many other families in our city have struggled throughout this period. We still need to follow the guidance until we can meet face to face again.”

The Labour group said Councillor Hinnigan had “voluntarily and temporarily” stepped down from her duties.