Pressure is mounting on the prime minister over lockdown parties in Downing Street ahead of the publication of Sue Gray’s report entering the party gates.
Number 10 is expecting to receive the final report of the investigation on Wednesday. It is predicted to be more intensive Meet the police investigation ended last week – and will include the names of the rule breakers.
Criticism of the Met investigation has grown after pictures emerged on Monday of Boris Johnson toasting colleagues in Downing Street allegedly on November 13, 2020, during the strike. England’s second national lockdown.
The police decided not to fine the PM for the incident but at least one other person did.
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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan were among those calling on the Met to explain why Mr Johnson had only received a single fine for breaking the lockdown rules during his 56th birthday gathering.
The police watchdog confirmed on Tuesday that it had received a complaint from the Lib Dems about the Met investigation, which urges them to determine how Met detectives reached their conclusion not to penalize PM for alleged crimes. event on November 13, 2020.
Former General Manager of Met Dal Babu told Sky News he was “astonished” The Prime Minister was not fined for the event.
Some have suggested that the Met’s failure has put more pressure on Sue Gray’s report to reveal more details.
MPs, including several Conservatives, have accused Mr Johnson of misleading parliament after he denied being present at the November 13 party following a direct question about his attendance on the day December 8, 2021.
Veteran Conservative MP Roger Gale said it was a “resignation issue”.
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In what some are seeing as an attempt to ease the sting from the Sue Gray investigation, the prime minister is understood to be introducing financial help to the cost of living crisis on Thursday – made an announcement in June.
Another photograph, obtained by The Mirror, which appeared on Tuesday night shows a man standing at a table in Downing Street with nine bottles of wine and wine as well as donuts and small cakes.
The meeting is believed to be a affair left to then-Prime Minister’s official spokesman James Slack on 17 November 2020, during a second national lockdown.
Thirty to 40 employees are understood to have attended and the event was not investigated by police.
Mr Johnson is understood to have encouraged staff to “let off some steam” as they work hard during the pandemic.
‘Breaking the usual rules’
Three Downing Street insiders told the BBC they’ve seen regular rule-breaking during coronavirus restrictions, with weekly invites for press office drinks listed as ” Friday drinking time”.
Debris from the party was left overnight for staff to arrive the next day, insiders said as they spoke of mass gatherings where people sat on each other’s laps.
One said they felt allowed by Mr Johnson because he didn’t tell them to part with the scenes and were “getting a drink for themselves”.
Security guards are also said to have sent an email around Downing Street asking people to stop attending events.
Downing Street said it had turned over all the photos and evidence to the Met Police and the Sue Gray investigation.
The Prime Minister’s spokesman said he could not “comment on statements made as Sue Gray’s report has not been made public”.
“You will hear from the prime minister when that has happened, so I am limited in what I can say,” he added.