Sue Gray’s ultimate report into Downing Street events has been sent to No 10, and is predicted to embody damning descriptions and a number of other pictures of gatherings that broke lockdown legal guidelines.
A Cabinet Office spokesperson mentioned: “We can confirm that Sue Gray has provided her final report to the prime minister.” It is known that the report is about 40 pages lengthy.
The senior civil servant’s verdict on the tradition that developed in No 10 and Whitehall in the course of the pandemic is keenly awaited in Westminster, the place Boris Johnson will reply to the findings afterward Wednesday.
No 10 insiders are being given time to learn printed copies of the report, earlier than it’s revealed at roughly 11am. Johnson will give an announcement to MPs after prime minister’s questions, then converse at a press convention and later deal with Tory MPs on the 1922 Committee meeting of backbenchers.
The report is predicted to set out intimately every occasion investigated by Gray – and to identify a string of senior authorities figures concerned within the gatherings. The cupboard secretary, Simon Case, essentially the most senior civil servant in Downing Street, was not fined however sources have mentioned his management is predicted to be criticised.
Case is reported to have informed colleagues he doesn’t intend to resign. Gray’s interim report, which was closely curtailed due to the Metropolitan police investigation, already lamented what she referred to as “failures of leadership and judgment” in Downing Street – with out pointing the finger at particular people.
The Met police issued 126 fixed-penalty notices relating to gatherings in Downing Street and Whitehall, together with for Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak over a birthday celebration held for the prime minister whereas curbs on indoor gatherings have been in place.
Gray’s report is not going to mark the tip of the Partygate story for the prime minister: he’s set to face an inquiry from the House of Commons privileges committee about whether or not he misled MPs, when he repeatedly informed MPs lockdown steerage was adopted in Downing Street.
Earlier on Wednesday the cupboard minister George Eustice conceded there was a “blurring of the boundary” in Downing Street between work and socialising.
Many Conservative MPs have repeatedly mentioned they have been awaiting Gray’s ultimate report earlier than deciding whether or not Johnson ought to face a vote of no confidence.
In what appeared to be a touch of how Johnson is probably going to clarify himself, Eustice, the surroundings secretary, mentioned: “There was a blurring of the boundary, if you like, between events that were happening at the end of a working day in a working environment, a blurring of that into what became, clearly in some cases, parties.”