Boris Johnson dodges questions on parties ahead of Sue Gray report release
Yes, we know we’ve been here before.
We were all hoping that senior civil servant Sue Gray would publish her report into Downing Street parties held during lockdown last week, but then the Metropolitan Police threw a spanner – or perhaps, a baton – into the works by announcing it would conduct its own investigation into the parties.
Ms Grey’s report is understood to finally be published later today and will be stripped of references to parties – including one held in December 2020 – so as not to prejudice the Met’s inquiry.
According to the Daily Mirror’s Pippa Crerar, Boris Johnson is expected to give a statement to MPs in the Commons later, where he will “apologise repeatedly”.
The report has the potential to make things difficult for the prime minister, who faces continued pressure to resign over the scandal which revealed he had more than 30 people at a birthday party in Downing Street in June last year.
Of course we don\u2019t need a report to inform us that Johnson broke the law and is a man of corruption. But let me be clear: this is NOT the point. The MET investigation, and Sue Gray\u2019s limited report, reflects the culture of zero accountability and transparency during this regime.
— Dr. Jennifer Cassidy (@Dr. Jennifer Cassidy)
BREAKING: Sue Gray report finally set to be published TODAY with statement by Boris Johnson - Mirror Politics\n\nAll on one piece of paper, in crayon by the Met? \n\n#JohnsonOut7
Sue Gray\u2019s report in full:\n\nDear Prime Minister,\n\n(This section has been intentionally left blank at the request of the metropolitan police)\n\nIn conclusion, [redacted]\n\nYours sincerely,\n\nSue \u201cvery much in need of a holiday\u201d Gray
Amid reports of the publication date being today, The Daily Telegraph's Christopher Hope shared a comment from a Cabinet Office spokesman who said: "We can confirm that Sue Gray has provided an update on her investigations to the Prime Minister."
Which is about as transparent as Ms Gray's heavily redacted report is going to be.
We would suggest that she gets a strong drink once the report is published, as she’ll certainly need it, but given what she’s been investigating, that doesn’t seem appropriate to us.
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