Nicola Sturgeon update LIVE: First Minister addresses Parliament following restrictions easing as Scotland Yard launches investigation Boris Johnson and ‘parties’ in Downing Street


Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said on Tuesday that officers were now investigating after being passed information from the Sue Gray inquiry.

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Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey repeated his call for the Prime Minister to resign, telling the Commons: “It’s clear this Government is now in total meltdown.”

He said: “In the midst of a pandemic and a cost of living crisis, and with Europe on the brink of war in Ukraine, we cannot go on with this chaotic Government. Does the minister accept the Prime Minister’s authority is in tatters?

“Will he advise his boss to do the right thing in the national interest and resign?”

Cabinet Office minister Michael Ellis said: “I thank him for his advice on property.” The comment was met with loud laughter from the Tory benches, as Mr Ellis said he declined to comment further in response.

Conservative MP Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire) said: “It is a longstanding convention in this House that when there are independent inquiries and investigations they are allowed to run their course and prejudgments aren’t made in this House.”

He said: “We really do need to concentrate on matters that really affect our constituents on a day-to-day basis, cost of living, energy prices and so on, as well as the fact that there are 100,000 Russian troops on the Ukrainian border.”

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said Boris Johnson should resign now instead of waiting for the outcome of the Sue Gray inquiry or Scotland Yard investigation into partygate allegations.

She told broadcasters: “I think he shouldn’t wait either for the police or for Sue Gray’s report. He should just go now.”

Labor deputy leader Angela Rayner called for clarity about whether a decision to delay Sue Gray’s inquiry’s was made by Downing Street or the police.

In a series of questions to Cabinet Office minister Michael Ellis, Ms Rayner asked: “Can he assure the House that the Sue Gray report will be published in full, not just the summary? And will the accompanying evidence be provided?

“Can he clarify for the House what Sue Gray and her team will be doing while the police conduct their investigation?

“Can the minister confirm whether the decision to delay the publication of the Sue Gray report was made by the Metropolitan Police or the Government?”

She added: “Given this Government’s record of lost phones, missing messages and minutes, can he assure the House that all evidence from the Gray inquiry will be properly held by the Cabinet Office?”

Boris Johnson did not discuss the police investigation with his Cabinet despite having been made aware it would go ahead before their meeting, No 10 has said.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “That was confirmed by the police while Cabinet was taking place so he didn’t reference it specifically, he alluded to that at the end of Cabinet but beyond that no.

“He made those comments about ensuring the Government is not deterred from getting on with the job, he didn’t go into detail about the Met given that Cressida Dick made her comments while Cabinet was taking place.”

The spokesman added: “The Prime Minister was made aware shortly before Cressida Dick announced that in her session.”

Asked then if Mr Johnson knew about the investigation before Cabinet, the spokesman replied: “Yes.”

Boris Johnson is facing fresh allegations of lockdown rule-breaking (Photo: Getty Images)

Boris Johnson thinks it is “entirely right” for the Metropolitan Police to investigate allegations of rule-breaking parties in No 10 and assured everyone will “fully co-operate”, Downing Street has said.

Our Westminster correspondent reports Boris Johnson knew the police investigation announcement was coming today but did not tell the cabinet about it.


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