Dominic Cummings has accused Sue Gray of not correctly investigating the alleged “Abba party” in Boris Johnson’s flat throughout lockdown, saying the music was so loud that dozens of individuals working within the office downstairs could hear it.
In his first interview because the Partygate inquiry completed final week, the prime minister’s former chief adviser turned arch critic stated the gathering that happened on the evening he left No 10 was not a piece meeting.
Cummings stated Gray’s justification to not correctly look into the occasion was “brazen”, suggesting she turned a blind eye and took a “fuck this” angle.
In her report, Gray admitted she had simply begun gathering proof concerning the gathering on 13 November 2020 when the police bought concerned, and that she determined to not proceed when Scotland Yard’s investigation concluded as a result of “it was not appropriate or proportionate”.
In her review of the occasion, Gray stated a meeting was held within the Downing Street flat with 5 particular advisers, which Johnson joined at 8pm, and meals and alcohol had been offered. It grew to become often known as the “Abba party” as a result of the track The Winner Takes It All was reportedly blasted out of the flat, allegedly as a result of Johnson’s spouse, Carrie, was celebrating Cummings’ departure.
Carrie Johnson was not talked about in relation to the occasion within the Gray report. Over the weekend, her spokesperson didn’t deny reviews that one other celebration was held within the flat earlier within the year, on the prime minister’s birthday.
Some Tory MPs advised the Guardian they feared a cover-up when the flat celebration was not correctly investigated. Speaking to the journalist Suzanne Moore, Cummings stated of the Gray group’s resolution to not totally examine the November 2020 flat occasion that “they have sort of just said: ‘Fuck this, we’re not going to get involved.’”
Recalling his shock that it had gone unreported for thus lengthy, Cummings stated: “Because we were in extreme lockdown it got no coverage. The media was so happy that I’d gone, no one wanted to talk about it.
“Dozens of people downstairs could hear it, so all the police had to do was interview any one of them to find out. You don’t have a work meeting, at the top of No 10, where the music is so loud that you can hear it in the fucking press office.”
Cummings instructed Johnson could nonetheless survive as prime minister, regardless of a slew of Tory MPs submitting no-confidence letters and questioning his management in gentle of the Gray report.
“He’s thinking if they don’t put him out before August, he’s got a reasonable chance of swinging the election,” Cummings stated. “And he’ll be thinking: ‘Oh, I’m still here. I was close to disaster but just escaped.’ Also, he will be looking at Starmer and rightly thinking ‘he’s rubbish’.
“But remember, he doesn’t really want to be there very long. All he wants to do is not be a loser and not be put out in disgrace.”
However, Cummings added: “It definitely feels like the institutions are all kind of crumbling.”
In his apology to MPs final week, Johnson maintained that of the eight gatherings he attended checked out by Gray and the Metropolitan police he believed he was attending work occasions.
“They were part of my job,” he stated, including that was substantiated by the very fact he was solely fined for the birthday celebration that happened within the cupboard room in June 2020.
He claimed that employees on the events, a few of which continued into the small hours, believed they had been working.
“It’s my strong impression that they genuinely believed that what they were doing was working. I certainly don’t think that they set out to deceive you about that,” Johnson added.
Gray has been approached for remark.