Sources close to Sue Gray’s Partygate report said officials would have to “push very hard internally” for scathing images of Boris Johnson to be included at Covid lockdown-breaking gatherings
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More photos showing Boris Johnson drinking at rule-breaking lockdown gatherings at No10 are expected to feature in Sue Gray’s report in Partygate.
Sources close to the investigation said officials had to “push very hard internally” for the damning pictures to be taken.
The Mirror understands photos of the Prime Minister at his Downing Street birthday party with a can of Estrella beer will be unveiled.
An insider claimed the image was “more distressing” than that of Lee Cain’s farewell as it undermined claims it was an impromptu gathering ahead of a Covid meeting.
It is believed to have been able to identify Mr Johnson, Chancellor Rishi Sunak – who were both fined for the event – and Cabinet Secretary Simon Case – who was not fined.
The image was taken by Downing Street’s official, taxpayer-funded photographer, who documented the event in June 2020.
Downing Street insiders also believe Ms Gray could release photos of the departure for two No 10 private secretaries, in which Mr Johnson was making a speech.
They claimed several pictures were taken at the boozy event on Jan. 14, 2021, including the PM with drinks.
Angry attendees at the event in the depths of lockdown were stunned to find they were fined but Mr Johnson was not.
One said: “Everyone is angry that a lot of people in the room have been fined but he and no one can find out why because there are all these photos of him with alcohol.”
Another added: “A great many people at the gathering were fined and they were practically all civil servants.
“One has to wonder how the politicians, the special advisers who were there, managed to get away with it.
“Did people answer the questions differently?
“It just feels wrong that people who did what they were told and were open and transparent were being fined, but those who were doing less weren’t.”
Ms Gray, whose long-awaited report is due to be published today, gave Scotland Yard more than 300 images from her investigation.
Downing Street insiders claimed the Prime Minister was “quite happy” at the release of images to dispel public belief Downing Street was “like Ibiza on a Saturday night”.
It comes after photos emerged showing Mr Johnson raising a glass of fizz at a farewell party for former spin doctor Lee Cain.
The photos leaked to ITV News threaten to undo the Prime Minister’s rigorous efforts to put the scandal behind.
Angry insiders also claimed that others received fines imposed for pouring drinks at the event – while the Prime Minister escaped without a further fine.
They emerged just hours after former adviser Dominic Cummings – a nemesis of Mr Johnson – claimed pictures would be released imminently.
Referring to photographic evidence from officials, Mr Cummings said: “One of the consequences is that I expect photos of the Prime Minister to emerge very quickly within the next 24 to 48 hours.
“Any sane person looking at some of these photos will only be able to conclude that the Prime Minister obviously lied to the Commons and possibly the cops and there is no sane story of others being fined for Event X were, but not he.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/partygate-photos-even-more-incriminating-27046901 Partygate photos that are "even more incriminating" are published in the Sue Gray report