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Sue Gray report condemns a serious failure over standards in Downing Street

Sue Gray has admitted her report into partygate is not meaningful even though it condemns a “serious failure” in Downing Street to observe coronavirus standards. She also cites “a number” of gatherings should not have been allowed to take place.

She talked about “failures of leadership and judgment”, adding the Downing Street garden was “used for gatherings without clear authorisation or oversight” and “this was not appropriate”.

Sue Gray says her report into partygate isn’t meaningful Image gov.uk

She said a number of the parties she investigated represent “a serious failure to observe not just the high standards expected of those working at the heart of Government but also of the standards expected of the entire British population at the time”.

Downing Street would not commit to publishing a fuller version after the police investigation has concluded

These are the events being investigated by police:

  • 20 May – The photographed garden party
  • 18 June – A Cabinet Office leaving party
  • 19 June – The PM’s birthday gathering
  • 13 Nov – Two parties in the PM’s Downing Street flat and a leaving party for a special adviser
  • 17 Dec – Two Cabinet Office parties, One Number 10 leaving party
  • 18 Dec – Downing Street Christmas party
  • 14 January 21 – Leaving party for two private secretaries
  • 16 April 21 – Two Number 10 leaving

Of the full 16, four are not subject to criminal investigations

Boris Johnson accepted her findings and apologised in the house this afternoon, saying he is “sorry for the things we simply didn’t get right and also sorry for the way that this matter has been handled”.

Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer added: “There can be no doubt that the prime minister himself is now subject to criminal investigation.”

 

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