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Partygate live: No 10 has received copies of Sue Gray’s report, Cabinet Office confirms


Boris Johnson receives Sue Gray’s report into Partygate

The Cabinet Office has confirmed that Boris Johnson has got the Sue Gray report. A spokesperson said:

We can confirm that Sue Gray has provided her final report to the prime minister.

No 10 is expected to say when the report will be published.

Sue Gray report published

The Sue Gray report has been published. It’s here.

Johnson to tell MPs he has been ‘humbled’ by Partygate findings and ‘we have learned lesson’

Boris Johnson will tell MPs that he has been “humbled” by the findings of the Partygate inquiry and that “we have learned our lesson”, the BBC’s Chris Mason reports.

The Prime Minister is expected to tell the Commons:

“I commissioned this report to set the record straight and allow us all to move on. I accept full responsibility for my failings. I am humbled by the whole experience. We have learned our lesson.”

— Chris Mason (@ChrisMasonBBC) May 25, 2022

I’m told by a No10 source that one line in the report from Sue Gray is that she is “pleased progress is being made in addressing the issues I raised.”

Clearly we are yet to see the report for ourselves and to see her conclusions in the round.

(ends)

— Chris Mason (@ChrisMasonBBC) May 25, 2022

The obvious test for Johnson will be whether MPs, and the public, believe that the apology he issues today is sincere. In the past he has failed to convince people on this point.

The quote released to Mason provides a hint that he may have the same problem again. Johnson has been accused of failing to take responsibility for what happened, and “we have learned our lesson” is not the same as “I have learned my lesson”.

This is from Dominic Cummings, the PM’s former chief adviser, on the suggestion that Johnson will strengthen the role of Lord Geidt as a response to Partygate. (See 11.11am.)

Laughable spin re strengthening Geidt’s comic role — he doesn’t bother interviewing witnesses or asking for written evidence, he just says ‘all above board PM? Great, not guilty!’
Clouseau wd be higher grade investigation#IllegalDonations #coverup pic.twitter.com/thxaXNE7iu

— Dominic Cummings (@Dominic2306) May 25, 2022

Cummings explained why he had so little faith in Geidt in a post on his Substack account on Monday. He wrote:

This is the same principle as shown in the Geidt inquiry into the PM’s illegal donations. Geidt simply did not speak to the key people involved or ask them for any evidence they had. E.g He knows, as does everyone in No 10, there are WhatsApp groups that provide evidence of the PM seeking illegal donations and seeking to hide his actions and then the coverup. But if the inquiry never looks for the evidence… Simple! PM cleared!

Boris Johnson will hold a press conference this afternoon at 3.30pm, Politics Home reports.

🚨 The Sue Gray report into “partygate” was handed to No 10 this morning

🗣 Boris Johnson will make a statement after #PMQS and hold a press conference at 3:30pm

👇 Here’s all the latest news and analyisis from PoliticsHome reporters in Westminster:

— PoliticsHome (@politicshome) May 25, 2022

Boris Johnson may anounce he is beefing up the powers of Lord Geidt, the independent adviser on ministerial standards, the Mirror’s Pippa Crerar suggests.

I’m told some talk at No 10 this morn of strengthening ministerial code to boost powers of PM’s ethics advisor – but yet to get sign off.

Lord Geidt indicated he wants power to independently launch probes into rule breaches.

All this & more on live bloghttps://t.co/TuTT9dU0AI

— Pippa Crerar (@PippaCrerar) May 25, 2022

If so, this will come two months late. In December, after Geidt published the findings of his second investigation into the funding of the Downing Street flat refurbishment, Johnson promised Geidt that he would beef up his powers. The new system should be in place “by the end of March at the latest”, Johnson said.

Simon Case, the cabinet secretary, is pictured in at least one of the photographs in the Sue Gray report showing the surprise birthday event for Boris Johnson in the cabinet room, the Sun’s Harry Cole says.

Tricky for Cabinet Sec.. hear Case in at least one of three pics published from Cabinet room… but was not fined.. will heap pressure on the cops to explain their logic of that one given that Sunak got one for walking in.

— Harry Cole (@MrHarryCole) May 25, 2022

The publication of the Sue Gray report will revive claims that Boris Johnson lied to MPs when he told them that the Covid rules were followed at all times in Downing Street, and that parties did not take place. Last night on Newsnight Lewis Goodall looked back on what he actually said and considers what evidence might show that he did lie.

Tomorrow one of the central questions will be whether the Prime Minister knowingly misled Parliament. On tonight’s Newsnight I examined three occasions where he has made key partygate assertions and asked what we know about what he’s said already. pic.twitter.com/QeGb2rxR66

— Lewis Goodall (@lewis_goodall) May 24, 2022

From ITV’s Anushka Asthana

How worried is Boris Johnson today? I bumped into close ally last night who looked extremely relaxed and suggested they are not worried at all about no confidence letters getting close to threshold- BUT others were defo angry so let’s see

— Anushka Asthana (@AnushkaAsthana) May 25, 2022

Nine photographs are being published in or alongside the Sue Gray report, according to Tom Harwood from GB News.

UPDATE: I understand the 37 pages DO NOT include photographs.

Number 10 still waiting for the expected accompanying pictures.

— Tom Harwood (@tomhfh) May 25, 2022

UPDATE: The photographs have been provided to No10. There are 9 of them.

— Tom Harwood (@tomhfh) May 25, 2022

Boris Johnson receives Sue Gray’s report into Partygate

The Cabinet Office has confirmed that Boris Johnson has got the Sue Gray report. A spokesperson said:

We can confirm that Sue Gray has provided her final report to the prime minister.

No 10 is expected to say when the report will be published.

Mark Spencer, the leader of the Commons, has confirmed that Boris Johnson will make a statement to MPs about the Sue Gray report. This should be at 12.30pm, straight after PMQs.





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