Downing St braces for Sue Gray partygate report


o10 braces for Sue Gray’s full partygate report, which could be released Wednesday.

The top official’s report is expected to be heavily critical of the culture in No. 10, which led to repeated violations of Covid restrictions.

Further revelations in recent days of Downing Street gatherings during Covid lockdowns have put pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson/

In footage obtained by ITV, Mr Johnson appeared to be toasting a meeting to mark the departure of former spin doctor Lee Cain on 13 November.

Meanwhile, the Mirror published a photo of a man standing at a table with bottles of alcohol, allegedly taken during a meeting for Mr Johnson’s former official spokesman, James Slack, on Nov. 17.

Downing Street promised to make the findings public and to expect a press conference after the report was released.

Follow live updates below.


Good morning

Welcome to the Standard’s live political blog on what looks to be a memorable day in Westminster.

Official Sue Gray’s full report on lockdown celebrations in Whitehall during lockdowns is expected to be published later today.

We could hear about it as early as 12:30 – right after the Prime Minister’s questions – when Boris Johnson will address MPs in the House of Commons.

However, Downing Street has said the timing could shift depending on when they receive the report, which will be handed over sometime this morning.

The Prime Minister will also chair a press conference in Downing Street and meet the 1922 Committee of Backbench Tories later on Wednesday.

We’ll bring you live updates as soon as we have them, so stay tuned…

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