here is a conspicuous absence of festive cheer at BP, which has cancelled its winter party. The oil giant traditionally hires the British Museum for its bash, inviting the great and the good for an exclusive viewing of the latest exhibition, which this year is about Troy. BP claims its decision not to hold the party was “largely due to arrangements associated with the change in leadership” — in October it said chief executive Bob Dudley was leaving and Bernard Looney taking over. You might have thought celebrating the nine-year tenure of Dudley, 64, was an excuse to throw a party. Not so. The prospect of Extinction Rebellion protesters gatecrashing the event, and worries over the security of guests queuing to get in, are thought to have played a part. The sherries will have to wait for a carbon-neutral future.
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