SUE GRAY REPORT LIVE: Partygate dossier on Downing Street lockdown parties at height of Covid pandemic will be sent to No10 today as Boris Johnson and Tories brace for backlash
Partygate is the name given to the scandal that lockdown-busting parties were held in government during the Covid pandemic.
When the British public was ordered to obey strict Covid restrictions on social gatherings, civil servants, Downing Street staff and even the Prime Minister met in secret for boozy parties at several locations in No10 and Whitehall on repeated occasion.
After nearly six months of damaging revelations, senior civil servant Sue Gray delivering her final report on partygate today.
文件 – including photos – is expected to be published by Downing Street shortly before PMQs at noon.
After facing off with Keir Starmer at the weekly session, Boris Johnson will then make a statement to MPs on the report – in which he is planning to issue a fresh apology.
The premier is then planning to hold a press conference in the afternoon, potentially around 3.30pm.
To round off his ‘masochism strategy’ Mr Johnson is due to run the gauntlet of angry Tory MPs at a behind-closed-doors meeting of the 1922 Committee at 5pm.
Read more of MailOnline’s coverage of the political scandal here.
Britain’s most senior civil servant Simon Case will not be resigning and will not be sacked by Boris Johnson over partygate.
It follows reports that the Cabinet Secretary will come under significant pressure to resign this week amid expectations that the Sue Gray report will find he bears ‘ultimate responsibility’ for the scandal.
Mr Case is bracing for a ‘brutal’ report which will levy ‘stinging criticism’ towards his leadership and conduct during his time in Downing Street.
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Boris Johnson is bracing for a hurricane political backlash as Sue Gray’s dossier is sent to No10 today.
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