There has been a significant backlash after Scotland Yard revealed that the Sue Gray Inquiry was asked to make “minimal reference” to the events being investigated by the police.
Sue Gray’s report was expected to be published earlier this week but faced delays following the announcement that the Metropolitan Police were launching their own investigation into alleged parties held in Downing Street during the lockdown.
Now, Scotland Yard has stated that they are in communication with the Cabinet Office to ensure the report “avoids any harm” to their investigation.
In a statement issued on Friday morning, Scotland Yard said: “For events being investigated by the Met, we ask that a minimum reference be made in the Cabinet Office report.
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“The Met did not request any limitations on other events in the report, or for the report to be delayed, but we have had ongoing contact with the Cabinet Office, including on the content of the report, to avoid any prejudice to our investigation. .”
He suggests that Ms. Gray will have to make significant changes to her report before publication or delay it until the police investigation is complete.
The official has been investigating allegations that parties were held at number 10 during the lockdown.
But police have launched a new investigation, which was announced by Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick this week.
Dame Cressida said on Tuesday that officers are investigating “a number of events” in Downing Street and Whitehall, but the force has not said which ones.
There has been confusion over the overlapping investigations and when the results will be released, and it is understood that lawyers and officials have been sifting through the report before Downing Street can receive it.
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Scotland Yard’s latest statement has been disputed by lawyers who took to Twitter to voice their concerns, with some calling the move a “cover-up”.
Lawyer Adam Wagner, who interprets the Covid regulations, tweeted: “I’m not a criminal lawyer so maybe I’m missing something.
“How could an actual civil service report on the events the police are investigating ‘harm’ their investigation?”
Author The Secret Barrister responded: “I’m a criminal lawyer, and I must be missing something too, because I don’t see any reason why an independent police criminal investigation should be influenced in any way or attempt to influence. , a civil service report.”
Lawyer and writer Rupert Myers tweeted: “Police have had weeks to conduct their investigation since the story broke, but despite having officers on the ground with knowledge of these events for years, they have waited until the eve of public reporting. . to start worrying about it. It stinks of cover.
And the former Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West of England, Nazir Afzal, said: “This is absolute nonsense on the part of the Met Police. A purely factual report from Sue Gray cannot harm a police investigation.
“They just have to follow the evidence, of which the report will be part.”
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