‘Two weeks in Fuerteventura!! Can’t wait’: Real-life ‘David Brent’ boss signs off email revealing dozens of council redundancies… by sharing his summer holiday plans

Union boss Kevan Nelson, Unison’s north west secretary, agreed the email was ‘inappropriate’.

‘It is a bit David Brent,’ Mr Nelson said. ‘He probably meant it well but has underestimated the impact of these changes on his staff.

‘I recognise there is a style of management where you don’t want to appear overly-autocratic, but talking about your plans when people’s livelihoods are in the balance is not a good idea.’