Boris Johnson and his team face the strain of awaiting the publication of Sue Gray’s investigation into alleged Downing Street parties during the lockdown.
“Every head of government is involved in government activities,” said Toby Helm. The Observer, as the investigation’s findings threaten to cause “seismic shocks to so many occupations”.
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Gray’s reportHelm said.
The Prime Minister has so far avoided a vote of no confidence from their own MPs, but many said they were waiting for Gray’s findings before deciding whether to join the group of Tory MPs that have publicly calling for Johnson’s resignation.
Johnson admitted in the House of Commons that he attended the meeting, but no one told him it was not a “work event”. It was organized by his chief personal secretary Martin Reynolds, who invited Downing Street staff to a “bring your own wine” party.
Gray received an email from a senior official to Reynolds warning him that the party was a bad idea, Tim Shipman said in a statement. Sunday Times. “The concern is that Reynolds has told Gray that he has checked with the prime minister whether to proceed, or possibly pointed to a message he sent to Johnson – a potential suction gun, ” he added.
Mr Shipman said former aide to the prime minister Dominic Cummings “was someone else who told Reynolds to drop the idea”. In one blog post Cummings revealed today that he gave written evidence to Gray rather than meeting her in person because he was afraid Johnson would “make up things” he allegedly told her. “I will not speak and therefore give the Prime Minister many opportunities to lie and confuse people,” he said.
Meanwhile, walkie talkie reported that police officers were on duty in Downing Street at the time alleged gatherings provided “detailed testimony of what they witnessed”. A source described the statements provided to Gray as “extremely damaging”, the newspaper said.
“Senior civil servants have also spoken to the Prime Minister, civil servants and political advisers, and accessed security travel logs and even Boris Johnson’s official diaries,” it added.
The newspaper described this week as “one of the most important days” of Johnson’s tenure as prime minister as he awaited the report’s findings.
But John Rentoul at The Independent argues that these are no longer significant findings, simply that the publication of the report is now seen as “the moment to trigger – or refrain to trigger – the removal of Johnson”.
He concluded: “Tory MPs will make decisions not based on what they think about what happened in the Downing Street garden 20 months ago”, but on who they think would best take them. in a winning position for a period of 20 months”.
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