Boris Johnson has received Sue Gray’s updated report of parties breaking the lockdown in Downing Street and across Whitehall, Sky News has understood.
The release of the the senior official’s full report had been delayed until the Metropolitan Police completed their investigation into: COVID rule-breaking events at the heart of government – called Operation Hillman.
The conclusion of the separate investigation of the Met saw that a total of 83 people each got at least one fixed fine (FPN) for attending drinks more than eight dates.
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In total, the police issued a total of 126 injunctions.
The prime minister was fined just one, for his 56th birthday gathering in June 2020 when indoor mixing was banned along with his wife Carrie Johnson and chancellor Rishi Sunak†
Reports had suggested the document contained photos of illegal gatherings. It is expected to contain names of rule breakers.
George Eustice, the environment secretary, told Sky News on Wednesday that it would likely be “quite critical”.
About 30 people, including Mr Johnson, have already been approached by the Cabinet Office to warn them of the contents of the document.
While the Met Police investigation looked at 12 events, Ms Gray’s investigation covered 16 that took place in 2020 and 2021, when the COVID restrictions were in effect.
- May 15, 2020 – “A photo of some groups in the garden of 10 Downing Street.”
- May 20, 2020: “A Gathering in the Garden of No. 10 Downing Street for No. 10 Staff.”
- June 18, 2020: “A meeting in the Cabinet Office, 70 Whitehall on the departure of a private secretary from No. 10.”
- June 19, 2020: “A meeting in the Cabinet Room at 10 Downing Street on the Prime Minister’s Birthday.”
- November 13, 2020: “A meeting in flat No. 10.”
- November 13, 2020: “A meeting at 10 Downing Street on the departure of a special adviser.”
- November 27, 2020: “A meeting at 10 Downing Street on the departure of a special adviser.”
- December 10, 2020: “A meeting in the Ministry of Education ahead of the Christmas holidays.”
- December 15, 2020: “A gathering at 10 Downing Street for an online Christmas quiz.”
- December 17, 2020: “A meeting at the Cabinet Office, 70 Whitehall to hold an online Christmas quiz for the Cabinet Secretary’s Office.”
- December 17, 2020: “A meeting at Cabinet Office 70 Whitehall on the departure of a senior Cabinet Office official.”
- December 17, 2020: “A meeting at No. 10 Downing Street on the departure of a No. 10 officer.”
- December 18, 2020: “A gathering at 10 Downing Street in the run-up to the Christmas break.”
- January 14, 2021: “A meeting at No. 10 Downing Street on the departure of two private secretaries from No. 10.”
- April 16, 2021: “A meeting at No. 10 Downing Street at the departure of Official No. 10.”
- April 16, 2021: “A meeting at No. 10 Downing Street on the departure of another No. 10 officer.”
An interim version of Ms Gray’s report, published at the beginning of the year, criticized “failure of leadership and judgment” in Downing Street, saying that some events “should not have happened”.
Police asked for only “minimal reference” to events under investigation when Ms Gray delivered the 12-page “update” to parliament on January 31.
She explained at the time that the police investigation had meant that she was “extremely limited” in what she could say and that it was “not currently possible to make a meaningful report”.
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The prime minister will also be investigated by a committee of the House of Commons over allegations that he has misled parliament.
Meanwhile, controversy has arisen over a meeting between Ms Gray and the Prime Minister ahead of the report’s publication, where, Sky News has been told, Mr Johnson suggested she should consider dropping it.
Number 10 has said that the prime minister has not asked her to drop the report or go ahead with the report.
It comes as new photos emerge of the events in Downing Street – raising questions about the Met’s decision-making process, particularly regarding a November 2020 departure, where the prime minister was pictured with a drink in hand, but for which he didn’t fine, although others did.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has written to the Acting Commissioner of the Met, Sir Stephen House, for a detailed explanation of the Met’s decision-making process.
Mr Eustice said in some cases there has been a “blurring of the lines” between an “end of the working day” event – and “what became parties in some cases”.
Reports suggest the Prime Minister will again apologize publicly following the publication of Ms Gray’s report.
But James Murray, the shadow secretary of the Exchequer to the Labor Treasury, told Sky News: “I just don’t think he can say anything that can undo the damage he’s done to confide in the British people.”