Boris braces for Sue Gray's Partygate report TODAY

Boris braces for Partygate impact: Sue Gray report TODAY could name DOZENS of senior officials behind lockdown-flouting culture in Whitehall and feature more photos… as PM plans ‘masochism tourand cost-of-living bailout to defuse rising Tory anger

  • Boris Johnson is bracing for the release of mandarin Sue Gray’s long-awaited report on the Partygate scandal
  • The PM is expected to adopt ‘masochism strategyapologising to Parliament , the public and his own MPs
  • No10 fears more photographs and Ms Gray could name senior officials responsible for partying culture
  • 보리스 존슨‘s survival is hanging in the balance as Sue Gray finally prepares to deliver her Partygate report today.

    The PM is bracing for a battering with the top civil servant expected to name a slew of senior figures responsible for a lockdown-flouting culture in Whitehall.

    More tangible evidence of the abuses, in the form of photographs, could reignite a 노상 강도 revolt that appeared to have fizzled out after police did not add to Mr Johnson’s single fixed penalty fine.

    The latest leaked image today shows an unidentified No10 staffer surrounded by bottles of booze and snacks. According to the Mirror, one worker had posted on a WhatsApp group: ‘Time to open the Covid secure bar.

    It comes after damning testimony from whistleblowers revealed that staff enjoyed raucous ‘wine timebashes, on one occasion allegedly mocking a security guard who warned that their behaviour was unacceptable.

    Mr Johnson will attempt to defuse rising anger with an apology-laden ‘masochism strategy’ 오늘, making a statement to Parliament followed by a press conference and an address to Conservative MPs this evening.

    Ministers are then hoping to shift the agenda on as swiftly as possible by announcing a fresh cost-of-living bailout that could be worth £10billion, part-funded by a windfall tax on surging profits at energy firms.

    하나, a particularly damning verdict from Ms Gray could yet spark MPs sending more no-confidence letters to the chair of the powerful Tory 1922 committee – 와 54 required to trigger a full vote on whether to oust Mr Johnson.

    Mr Johnson is also facing an inquiry by the Commons Privileges Committee into whether he misled Parliament by insisting there were no parties in Downing Street.

    That included specifically denying anything happened on November 13, 2020, when there is photographic evidence that he gave a speech and made a toast at a leaving do for one of his spin doctors.

    Boris Johnson is bracing for the release of yet more Partygate pictures, this time from Downing Street's official photographers, as Sue Gray prepares to make the findings of her long-awaited report public today

    Boris Johnson is bracing for the release of yet more Partygate pictures, this time from Downing Street’s official photographers, as Sue Gray prepares to make the findings of her long-awaited report public today

    Deploying a 'masochism strategy', the Prime Minister will 'take responsibility' for lockdown rule-breaking in Downing Street, which is set to be savaged in the much-anticipated report (Johnson is pictured toasting during a Downing St. 파티)

    Deploying a ‘masochism strategy’, the Prime Minister will ‘take responsibilityfor lockdown rule-breaking in Downing Street, which is set to be savaged in the much-anticipated report (Johnson is pictured toasting during a Downing St. 파티)

    The snaps were taken at a gathering in honour of the Downing Street's then Director of Communications Lee Cain, with eight people pictured standing closely together, as well as the photographer

    The snaps were taken at a gathering in honour of the Downing Street’s then Director of Communications Lee Cain, with eight people pictured standing closely together, as well as the photographer

    Ministers are braced for Miss Gray (pictured in Westminster earlier this year) to deliver her report to No. 10 우크라이나 당국은

    Ministers are braced for Miss Gray (pictured in Westminster earlier this year) to deliver her report to No. 10 우크라이나 당국은

    Cost-of-living bailout could come in days

    Billions of pounds of state support for families hit by the cost of living crisis will be announced in days.

    With officials warning that energy bills are on course to hit almost £3,000, Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak are working on a major intervention that could be unveiled as soon as tomorrow.

    The move – initially planned for the summer – has been fast-tracked amid concerns the Government risks looking out of touch.

    Senior Tories believe it could also help the Prime Minister ‘move onfrom the Partygate scandal, which is set to dominate headlines today when Whitehall ethics chief Sue Gray finally publishes her report into the affair.

    It follows a warning from Ofgem yesterday that the energy price cap is on course to rise by another £800 to £2,800 in October.

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    나와 다른 사람들이 우리의 코를 잡고 투표하는 것을 생각할 수조차 없는 지경까지 당을 만든 것은 그들의 지독한 행동입니다., Cabinet minister George Eustice previewed the line that Mr Johnson is likely to take, arguing the PM had not lied to MPs.

    ‘Ministers and politicians are not supposed to knowingly mislead Parliament,’ the Environment Secretary told Sky News.

    ‘The Prime Minister himself has also given a very clear account of his own understanding of all of those events that he attended, that he didn’t regard them as parties, that he didn’t regard them as breaking the rules.

    ‘He has explained that, that was his understanding, and obviously where the police have said there were particular failings on his part, in respect of the birthday party where the cake was brought in, he has acknowledged that and paid that fixed-penalty notice.

    Mr Eustice said: ‘Clearly what happened in No 10 is a culture developed where they were working there, it was their place of work, and there were times when they would have a drink at the end of the day.

    The Environment Secretary told Times Radio: ‘That boundary between what was acceptable and what wasn’t got blurred and that was a mistake and Sue Gray highlighted that in her first interim report and I think she is almost certainly going to say more about that when her final report comes out.

    ‘The Prime Minister himself has accepted that and recognises there were of course failings and therefore there’s got to be some changes to the way the place is run.

    One government source said: ‘He’s going to take it on the chin. He will apologise, he’ll say ‘We got things wrongand he’ll take responsibility.

    ‘But he’ll also point out that he has already learned many of the lessons – he has made big changes in Downing Street. And he’ll say it has doubled his resolve to deliver for the public.

    Another source predicted that the report would make clear that many others were at fault for the lax culture in No. 10 that allowed a series of rule-breaking events to take place, which have infuriated the public.

    Partygate timeline

    2020

    – 행진 23: First Covid lockdown begins. Non-essential shops are closed and Britons are legally required to stay at home.

    – 4 월 5: Boris Johnson is admitted to hospital with Covid. He later spends days in intensive care before recovering and leaving hospital on April 12.

    – 할 수있다 15: Cheese and wine in the No 10 그들이 울타리를 넘으면. A photograph emerged of a number of groups gathered in the No 10 그들이 울타리를 넘으면, including Mr Johnson, 캐리 존슨, and aides Dom Cummings and Martin Reynolds sitting together on the terrace. Not investigated by police.

    – 할 수있다 20: Bring Your Own Booze party. A leaked email shows No 10 staff were invited to an event in the Downing Street garden. Mr Johnson has admitted he was there for 25 의사록, but said he thought it was a ‘work event’.

    유월 1: First lockdown begins to ease. Public permitted to meet outside in groups of up to six people. Meeting indoors is still banned.

    – 유월 18 2020: Cabinet Office leaving do. Sue Gray’s interim report said a gathering in the 70 Whitehall building was held to mark the departure of a No 10 London School of Economics에서 석사를 마친 사람. The Telegraph said 20 people attended, with alcohol consumed.

    – 유월 19 2020: Boris Johnson’s 56th birthday. 그, his wife Carrie and Rishi Sunak were all fined for attending surprise get-together in Cabinet Room.

    – 구월 14: Rising cases led to the re-introduction of ‘rule of sixindoors and outdoors. By the end of the month, the work from home begins again and a 10pm curfew came into force for pubs, bars and restaurants

    – 십일월 5: Second national lockdown begins. Non-essential businesses close and people banned from meeting indoors with anyone not in their ‘support bubble

    – 십일월 13: Downing Street flat do. Mrs Johnson reportedly hosted parties in the official flat over No 11 where she and Mr Johnson live, including one event on November 13, the night of Dominic Cummingsacrimonious departure. A spokesman for the Prime Minister’s wife called the claim ‘total nonsense’.

    – 십일월 13: As shown in pictures released today Mr Johnson attended event for Lee Cain, his departing director of communications and a close ally of Dom Cummings.

    – 십일월 27 2020: Another special adviser leaves. Mr Johnson reportedly gave a leaving speech at a gathering for Cleo Watson, another ally of Mr Cummings. Not investigated by police.

    – 12 월 10 2020: Department for Education Christmas drinks. Then education secretary Gavin Williamson reportedly threw a party and delivered a short speech. Not investigated by police.

    – 12 월 15 2020: An online Christmas quiz in No 10. The Prime Minister appeared on contestantsscreens at the quiz but insisted he broke no rules. Not investigated by police.

    – 12 월 17: Cabinet Office ‘Christmas party’. It was reported the do had been organised by a private secretary in Cabinet Secretary Simon Case’s team, and that it was included in digital calendars as: ‘Christmas party!’ and included an online quiz.

    – 12 월 17: Leaving drinks for former Covid Taskforce head Kate Josephs in the Cabinet Office. She later apologised.

    – 12 월 17: 아니 10 leaving do attended by PM, reported to be for Captain Steve Higham, then one of Mr Johnson’s private secretaries

    – 12 월 18: Downing Street Christmas party, featuring speeches, a cheese board, drinks and a Secret Santa gifts.

    2021

    – 일월 4: Third lockdown begins following a rapid rise in Covid cases

    – 일월 14: More Downing Street leaving drinks to mark the departure of two private secretaries. The other official’s identity is so far unknown.

    – 4 월 16: Leaving drinks on the eve of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral. Downing Street apologised to Buckingham Palace after reported details emerged of boozy drinks parties, including one for outgoing communications director James Slack.

    십일월 30: First report of potentially illegal gatherings within Downing Street emerge.

    12 월 7: Mr Johnson says: ‘I am satisfied myself that the guidelines were followed at all times.

    12 월 7: ‘Footage emerged showing press secretary Allegra Stratton joking about the alleged party in 2020 leaked to ITV News. She later resigns.

    12 월 8: Scotland Yard refuses to investigate, citing an ‘absenceof evidence

    2022

    일월 25: After weeks of further revelations, Scotland Yard launches Operation Hillman, an investigation into allegations of Partygate lawbreaking

    일월 31: Sue Gray releases her interim report into Partygate

    이월 4: Five No10 aides resign over their role in Partgate, including Dan Rosenfield and comms chief Jack Doyle

    행진 29: Detectives issue the first 20 fixed penalty notices to people working in No10 for breaches of Covid laws.

    4 월 12: 더 30 fines are issued, including to Mr Johnson, his wife Carrie and Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

    할 수있다 12: Scotland Yard revealed it has issued more than 100 fines.

    할 수있다 19: Scotland Yard reveals it has completed Operation Hillman, 발행 126 fines to 83 people in total.

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    ‘It happened on his watch, so he has to take responsibility – and he’s happy to say sorry,’ 소식통이 말했다.

    ‘But all that’s changed since his last apology is that the police have concluded their investigations without giving him another fine.

    Despite the dismissive words, Ms Gray’s report is expected to deliver a scathing verdict on the culture at the heart of Government during the pandemic.

    Her interim report in January criticised ‘failures of leadership and judgmentin Downing Street and highlighted concerns about a culture of excessive drinking.

    The PM has since restructured his No. 10 작업, leading to the departure of a number of senior figures who are expected to face criticism in today’s report.

    Downing Street has also imposed an alcohol ban outside of official functions.

    Tory whips are on red alert for signs that more backbench MPs may put in letters of no confidence if the PM fails to address Miss Gray’s concerns.

    노상 강도 critics last night hinted they may use Partygate to execute a coup.

    자금을 러시아로 옮기고 싶지 않다', the only senior Tory to confirm he wants to be leader, said he was ‘talking to colleaguesabout the PM’s future.

    Former Tory chief whip Mark Harper plunged the knife in, saying it was ‘not just the events, it’s the fact he’s not been straightforward about it’.

    Tory veteran Sir Roger Gale added: ‘He misled us from the despatch box. 과, honourably, there is one answer.

    One leading rebel said: ‘A lot of the 2019 intake are getting very unhappythey are beginning to see that they will not hold their seats if Boris stays.

    ‘The question is, have they got the guts to do something about it?’

    Today’s report is expected to name about 30 senior figures involved in rule-breaking events, including the Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary Simon Case.

    Officials found to have broken the rules could face disciplinary procedures. One insider predicted the report would make grim reading for the Government by setting out details of a string of events where rules were broken.

    It was revealed last week that the report will detail how one Cabinet Office leaving do ended up in a boozy fight.

    소식통은 말했다: ‘A lot of the details of what went on are out there already. But when people see it all put together there will still be an impact.

    ‘When people read the details of incident after incident it will be hard to escape the conclusion that this was not very clever and should have been stopped.

    The report is also expected to contain photographs of some events, with people’s faces blanked out.

    미스터 존슨, his wife Carrie and Chancellor Rishi Sunak were each fined £50 for their attendance at a so-called ‘birthday partyin the Cabinet Room where the PM was presented with a cake between meetings at a time when indoor gatherings were banned.

    The Metropolitan Police have faced questions this week over the failure to issue Mr Johnson with more fixed penalty notices following the emergence of a photo showing him raising a glass at a lockdown leaving do for outgoing communications chief Lee Cain in November 2020.

    Others at the event were fined, but Mr Johnson was not penalised. There was speculation yesterday that he may have escaped because the event took place in the building where he lives.

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps insisted the PM did not believe he was at a lockdown-breaking party in the images showing him raising a glass and surrounded by colleagues and wine bottles.

    Mr Shapps said he was ‘angryto see the photographs but suggested the Prime Minister may not have been fined over the event because he left the leaving do ‘pretty quick’.

    그 동안에, No10 denied swirling claims that Mr Johnson urged Ms Gray to drop plans to publish her report in a private meeting earlier this month.

    The Times reported that the Prime Minister suggested to the senior civil servant that there was no longer any point in releasing her findings as the facts were ‘all out there’.

    But Mr Johnson’s official spokesman said yesterday: ‘This was a legitimate meeting about the process [of publication] rather than the contents of report.

    ‘The Prime Minister did not ask her to drop the report or not proceed with the report. It was the Prime Minister who commissioned the report. He wants the report to be published.

    Downing Street staff have broken cover to claim they only joined in lockdown parties because Mr Johnson ‘was grabbing a glass for himself’.

    Three anonymous No 10 insiders described in detail regular rule-breaking events while Covid restrictions were in place.

    Days after ordering England’s second national lockdown, images showed the Prime Minister giving a toast for departing communications chief Lee Cain on November 13, 2020. One witness told BBC Panorama: ‘약 30 사람들, 금융 서비스 마케팅 임원, in a room. Everyone was stood shoulder to shoulder, some people on each other’s laps.

    ‘Unforgivablescenes were described at a party on April 16 작년, the eve of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral. Attendees told of a ‘lively eventa general party with people dancing aroundthat became so loud that security guards told them to go into the No. 10 grounds.

    ‘Everyone grabbed all the drinks, the food, 모두, and went into the garden,’ 한 소식통은 말했다. ‘We all sat around the tables drinking. People stayed the night there.The insiders said the events were weekly, with press office drinks put in the diary as ‘WTF’, standing for ‘Wine-Time Friday’.

    One former official described often turning up at No. 10 to find it a ‘mess’: ‘There were bottles, empties, rubbish – in the bin, but overflowing – or indeed sometimes left on the table.One said a Downing Street security guard, known as a custodian, was mocked when he tried to break up a party.

    ‘I remember when a custodian tried to stop it all and he was just shaking his head in this party, being like ‘This shouldn’t be happening,’ 그들은 말했다.

    Sources say Friday drinks had long been a tradition. ‘We saw it as our own bubble,’ 하나는 말했다. ‘Everything just continued as normal. Social distancing didn’t happen. We didn’t wear face masks. It wasn’t like the outside world.

    One said they felt they had the PM’s permission because ‘he was there’, 첨가: ‘He may have just been popping through on the way to his flat because that’s what would happen. 알 잖아, he wasn’t there saying this shouldn’t be happening. He wasn’t saying, ‘Can everyone break up and go home? Can everyone socially distance? Can everyone put masks on?’ 아니, he wasn’t telling anybody that. He was grabbing a glass for himself.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street on May 24, 2022 런던에서, 영국. Photographs of Johnson sharing a drink in Downing Street in 2020 during full lockdown have reignited accusations against him, just before the release of a much-anticipated report on "partygate".

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street on May 24, 2022 런던에서, 영국. Photographs of Johnson sharing a drink in Downing Street in 2020 during full lockdown have reignited accusations against him, just before the release of a much-anticipated report on ‘partygate’.

    Boris Johnson pictured as he was driven away from Downing St last night

    The leaks follow a fierce briefing war between No. 10 and Sue Gray's office following reports of 'secret' discussions between both sides

    The leaks follow a fierce briefing war between No. 10 and Sue Gray’s office following reports of ‘secretdiscussions between both sides

    We thought it was OK because Boris was there too, say No. 10 staffers

    Khan’s ‘completely inappropriate meddlingpiles pressure on Met

    Sadiq Khan has asked the acting head of the Metropolitan Police to explain the force’s decisions over Partygate after pictures emerged of Boris Johnson drinking at a gathering for which he was not fined.

    The London mayor (사진) wrote to Sir Stephen House yesterday to seek answers about the Met’s decisions in individual cases in the investigation, Operation Hillman.

    He warned that trust in Scotland Yard was being ‘further erodedby a ‘lack of clarityaround how decisions were made during the inquiry into parties which breached coronavirus laws.

    One Whitehall source described Mr Khan’s intervention as ‘completely inappropriate’.

    ‘It looks like a massive level of political interference,’ 소식통이 말했다. ‘You’ve basically got the Labour police and crime commissioner for London interfering in a Met Police investigation into another party [the Tories]. It’s completely inappropriate.

    Mr Johnson received a fixed-penalty notice (그러나 전염병이 한창일 때 교대 근무 후 의료 직원이 함께 술을 마셨다는 주장으로 인해 격추되었습니다.) over a birthday party in the Cabinet Room in June 2020 but was told he would face no further action over other gatherings covered by the police’s Operation Hillman inquiry.

    Those included the November 13, 2020 gathering to mark former spin doctor Lee Cain’s departure from No 10, an event at which pictures obtained by ITV apparently showed Mr Johnson raising a toast and drinking wine. The Met has issued 126 FPNs to 83 people involved in a series of events in Downing Street and Whitehall, including the leaving do on November 13, 2020.

    A spokesman for Mr Khan said: ‘Sadiq has today written to the acting commissioner of the Met to seek a detailed explanation of the factors which were taken into account by investigating officers when decisions were made about whether to take action in individual cases in the Downing Street Partygate investigation.

    She said Mr Khan requested the Met ‘reassure Londoners by making this explanation to them directly’.

    Mr Khan had made clear he would not interfere in operational decisions and the Met has confirmed that Operation Hillman, which looked at the lockdown-busting events in No. 10 and Whitehall, 사람들은 복권에 당첨된 후 더 큰 사회적 서클을 갖는 경향이 있습니다..

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    Downing Street staff have broken cover to say they only joined in lockdown parties because Boris Johnson ‘was grabbing a glass for himself’.

    Three anonymous No 10 insiders described in detail regular rule-breaking events while Covid restrictions were in place.

    Their evidence to BBC Panorama last night came ahead of the publication of senior civil servant Sue Gray’s report into Partygate, which is expected today.

    Mr Johnson was already under renewed pressure after images obtained by ITV News showed him raising a glass while surrounded by colleagues and bottles of wine.

    Days after ordering England’s second national lockdown, images showed the Prime Minister giving a toast for departing communications chief Lee Cain on November 13, 2020. 한 증인이 말했다: ‘약 30 사람들, 금융 서비스 마케팅 임원, in a room. Everyone was stood shoulder to shoulder, some people on each other’s laps.

    ‘Unforgivablescenes were described at a party on April 16 작년, the eve of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral. Attendees told of a ‘lively eventa general party with people dancing aroundthat became so loud that security guards told them to go into the No. 10 grounds.

    ‘Everyone grabbed all the drinks, the food, 모두, and went into the garden,’ 한 소식통은 말했다. ‘We all sat around the tables drinking. People stayed the night there.The insiders said the events were weekly, with press office drinks put in the diary as ‘WTF’, standing for ‘Wine-Time Friday’.

    One former official described often turning up at No. 10 to find it a ‘mess’: ‘There were bottles, empties, rubbish – in the bin, but overflowing – or indeed sometimes left on the table.One said a Downing Street security guard, known as a custodian, was mocked when he tried to break up a party.

    ‘I remember when a custodian tried to stop it all and he was just shaking his head in this party, being like ‘This shouldn’t be happening,’ 그들은 말했다.

    Sources say Friday drinks had long been a tradition. ‘We saw it as our own bubble,’ 하나는 말했다. ‘Everything just continued as normal. Social distancing didn’t happen. We didn’t wear face masks. It wasn’t like the outside world.

    One said they felt they had the PM’s permission because ‘he was there’, 첨가: ‘He may have just been popping through on the way to his flat because that’s what would happen. 알 잖아, he wasn’t there saying this shouldn’t be happening. He wasn’t saying, ‘Can everyone break up and go home? Can everyone socially distance? Can everyone put masks on?’ 아니, he wasn’t telling anybody that. He was grabbing a glass for himself.

    One staffer described watching Mr Johnson denying wrongdoing in the House of Commons: ‘We just sort of looked at each other in disbelief like – why? Why is he denying this when we’ve been with him this entire time, we knew that the rules had been broken, we knew these parties happened?’

    One said younger members of the team ‘did not think they were breaking the rules at the time because the Prime Minister was at [the events], some of the most senior civil servants in the country were at them – and were indeed organising some of them’.