London, 31 January 2022 (dpa/PA Media/MIA) – Britain’s Downing Street has said the limited version of the partygate inquiry that Sue Gray handed to Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be published on Monday afternoon, but would not commit to publishing a fuller report after police have finished investigating.
No 10 said the pared-back report into allegations of lockdown-breaking parties in Downing Street will be published on Monday afternoon in the format it has been received, ahead of the prime minister facing MPs at 3.30pm.
In a carefully-worded statement, the Cabinet Office said senior civil servant Gray had provided an “update” on her investigation to the prime minister, suggesting it was not the full report she was preparing before the Metropolitan Police intervened.
But Downing Street did not commit at this stage to publishing a more complete report in the future, as opposition MPs demanded that the full inquiry is made public.
Johnson had earlier insisted, “I stick absolutely to what I’ve said in the past” when questioned about his reported denials of any wrongdoing to Tory MPs.
Downing Street said it received the update from the inquiry team at around 11.20am on Monday, after Gray and Johnson spoke briefly a day earlier.