Politics LIVE: Sue Gray report: Boris Johnson and Downing Street prepare for report into Partygate


A Cabinet Office spokesperson said “We can confirm that Sue Gray has provided her final report to the Prime Minister.”

Potentially damaging further details, including the names of some of those who attended gatherings, are also due to be published.

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Officials impacted by the Gray inquiry, including those to be named, were written ahead of its publication, allowing them to have a chance to respond before it was finalized.

The Sue Gray report is set to be released today

Sue Gray’s report is understood to be 37 pages long and also has nine photos – including pictures of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Cabinet Secretary Simon Case.

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A source has told the BBC that Sue Gray’s report includes pictures from Boris Johnson’s birthday in the Cabinet Room.

It is understood this was the event that Boris Johnson was fined for by The Met.

On Tuesday evening, the BBC broadcast a Panorama program which featured three anonymous individuals describing in detail what they witnessed at regular rule-breaking events during coronavirus restrictions.

They said events were “every week”, with invitations for press office drinks listed in the diary as “Wine-Time Friday”.

On Tuesday, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan wrote to the acting head of the Metropolitan Police Sir Stephen House to explain the force’s decisions over partygate after pictures emerged of Mr Johnson drinking at a gathering for which he was not fined.

Sue Gray’s report is understood to be 37 pages long and also has nine photos – including pictures of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Cabinet Secretary Simon Case.

The leader of the Commons, Tory MP Mark Spencer, has tweeted that the PM will speak to MPs “later today

The PM is expected to speak after PMQs.

BREAKING: The Sue Gray report has been sent to Downing Street. A Cabinet Office spokesperson said “We can confirm that Sue Gray has provided her final report to the Prime Minister.”

What can happen from the report?

The report will likely shed an insight into the culture at Downing Street during the Covid pandemic.

On December 8, Labor MP Catherine West asked Mr Johnson in the Commons whether there had been a party in Downing Street on November 13 2020.

The Prime Minister replied: “No, but I am sure that whatever happened, the guidance was followed and the rules were followed at all times.”

ITV’s images show Mr Johnson standing closely with seven others in one image.

The Commons Privileges Committee is due to investigate whether Mr Johnson lied to Parliament with his denials of rule-breaking.

The pictures showed the Prime Minister with a glass in his hand behind a table filled with alcohol and food

The Scotsman’s Daily Bulletin looks at the Sue Gray report.

Tory MP Charles Walker has said he does not think the Sue Gray report will be a “seminal moment” for Boris Johnson.

The MP for Broxbourne told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think the Sue Gray report will make uncomfortable reading and it will make uncomfortable reading for Number 10, but if you’re looking at this through the lens of ‘Will it be a seminal moment for the Prime Minister?’, I don’t think it will be. I think the seminal moment was the conclusion of the police report with no further penalties issued beyond the one for the birthday cake.”

The country’s most senior civil servant Simon Case will not be resigning and will not be sacked by Boris Johnson over partygate, the PA news agency understands.

There has been mounting speculation Cabinet Secretary Simon Case will come under pressure to resign over the Sue Gray report.


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