The prime minister will face more questions about a police investigation into partygate, as No. 10 prepares to file a report on possible lockdown violations.
A Downing Street source said Sue Gray had, as of Tuesday night, not delivered her findings on alleged coronavirus rule-breaking parties held at the top of the Government.
The senior public official’s investigation was expected to end this week, and reports suggest it could be published to coincide with Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, or possibly Thursday.
It comes about as the police launched their own investigation into multiple events at Number 10 after receiving information from Gray’s investigation.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said investigations into historic allegations of breaches of covid-19 rules were carried out in cases of the “most serious and flagrant” breaches, and where those involved were deemed to ” They should have known that what they were doing was a crime.” ”.
The prime minister’s official spokesman said Boris Johnson would be willing to speak to those at Scotland Yard investigating alleged coronavirus rule-breakings over the past two years.
However, he said Johnson believes he has not broken the law.
Sky News reported that officials handed investigators photos of parties in Downing Street that include images of Mr Johnson.
The announcer said the images show people together with bottles of wine.
The FT said the final report is likely to list Ms Gray’s findings, but will not include a “significant amount of evidence” from the interviews, such as photos or messages.
On Tuesday, the prime minister’s allies sought to defend their leader under fire, with a cabinet minister arguing that toppling Johnson would inevitably lead to a general election.
Some Conservative MPs have publicly called for Johnson to resign, but others have said they will wait for the Gray report to be published before trying to provoke a no-confidence vote.
In what is likely to be taken as a warning to wavering rebels, House of Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg said modern precedent was for a new incumbent in Downing Street to go to the polls to seek a new term. .
He told the BBC’s Newsnight: “I think we have moved, for better or worse, to an essentially presidential system and therefore the mandate is personal rather than wholly partisan, and any Prime Minister would do well looking for a new mandate.
Mr Rees-Mogg, asked if the Prime Minister should resign if there is a photograph of him at a drinking party at Number 10, urged people to wait for Ms Gray’s report to be published.
“Trying to speculate on bits of gossip and gossip about the report doesn’t really get us anywhere,” he added.
Northern Ireland Minister Conor Burns defended Johnson’s presence at a surprise birthday party in the Cabinet Room on June 19, 2020 when social events inside were banned, saying he had been “ambushed with a cake”.
Burns said “it wasn’t a premeditated, organized party,” adding: “They came to his office with a cake, they sang Happy Birthday, he was there for 10 minutes.
“I don’t think most people watching that at home would characterize it as a party.”
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, one of those who could succeed Johnson should he resign over the party affair, will face announcers Wednesday morning, when she is likely to answer a series of questions about the Gray report and the police investigation.