LONDON – British police said on Friday that they had asked to withhold key details from the much-awaited government investigation into parties at 10 Downing Street during the coronavirus shutdown. of Britain, giving Prime Minister Boris Johnson some political space but inciting outcry from critics.
“For the events that the Met is investigating, we have asked for a minimum reference to the Cabinet Office report,” London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement. Police added that they had not requested a delayed report or checked details that were not investigated by police.
But as a matter of fact, the requirement means that the report will almost certainly not contain information on the most egregious allegations of social gatherings that have breached lockdown restrictions. The influx of reports of illegal gatherings, and Mr Johnson’s popular reaction to them, has turned into a major scandal, threatening his hold on power.
Many lawmakers in Mr Johnson’s Conservative Party said they would wait for an internal report – by a senior civil servant, Sue Gray – before deciding whether to send a letter calling for a vote of no confidence in Mr Johnson. Are not. If the most incriminating details are withheld, it could slow down momentum against him.
Opposition leaders embraced the prospect of a heavily redacted report, arguing that it would lead to a vindication.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/28/world/europe/the-uk-police-ask-that-some-details-be-omitted-from-a-report-on-downing-street-parties-during-a-lockdown.html British police asked to omit some details from reports of Downing Street parties during the lockdown.