Boris Johnson criticised by angry voters in Grimsby
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The highly anticipated report into a string of parties and gatherings in Downing Street during coronavirus lockdowns has been published. The report blames a “failure of leadership” in Downing Street and states 12 parties are currently being investigated by the Metropolitan Police.
The report is damning, yet much has been left out due to the Met Police’s request to make “minimal reference” to some events “so as not to prejudice the police investigative process”.
Ms Gray makes clear the police investigation “necessarily means that I am extremely limited in what I can say about those events and it is not possible at present to provide a meaningful report setting out and analysing the extensive factual information I have been able to gather”.
Labour leader Keir Starmer and Ian Blackford, the leader of the Scottish National Party in the House of Commons, both demanded its publication in full.
Therefore, the slimmed-down report has left many questions unanswered – and with no guarantee it will be published in full, the British public still has several questions about how and why the parties were allowed to happen.
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Did Boris Johnson lie to parliament?
Labour MP Catherine West asked Mr Johnson in Prime Minister’s Questions on December 8: “Will the Prime Minister tell the House whether there was a party in Downing Street on November 13?”
Mr Johnson replied: “No, but I am sure that whatever happened, the guidance was followed and the rules were followed at all times.”
The report reveals the said gathering is being investigated by the Met Police, and it is yet to be revealed if the Prime Minister did attend the event in question.
Were any other MPs or Cabinet members involved?
Names have been left out of the report but could come to light when the Met Police investigation is complete.
No other MPs or Cabinet members have come forward and admitted involvement in any of the parties.
The only senior government figure to have been named, with the exception of the Prime Minister, is his principal private secretary Martin Reynolds, who sent the email inviting more than 100 staff to an event held in Downing Street on May 20, 2020.
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Who is responsible for the culture in Downing Street?
The report reads: “The excessive consumption of alcohol is not appropriate in a professional workplace at any time.
“Steps must be taken to ensure that every Government Department has a clear and robust policy in place covering the consumption of alcohol in the workplace.”
Insight into the culture in Downing Street has been noted numerous times, including by MPs directly to Mr Johnson this afternoon in the House of Commons.
One Number 10 insider, not in relation to the events that took place in lockdown, said: “It was a culture of 3am sessions.
“People used to sleep off their hangovers in the buildings overnight on sofas and in the mornings there were empty drinks on the desks that the cleaners had to pick up. There was a culture of boozing.”
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