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London politics latest LIVE: Downing St braces for Sue Gray partygate report



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What did Sue Gray’s initial report say?

Senior civil servant Sue Gray released her initial findings earlier this year.

Her much-awaited first report into lockdown parties in Downing Street was released in January, although in a heavily redacted form.

She stripped back details of her findings until a Metropolitan Police probe had concluded.

The first report was just nine pages long, and outlined 16 events, 12 of which were investigated by Scotland Yard.

The report makes clear that following the Met’s request not to publish details of events Scotland Yard were investigating, Ms Gray was “extremely limited” in what she could say.

“It’s not possible at present to provide a meaningful report setting out and analysing the extensive factual information I have been able to gather,” she said.

However, she did found there were “failures of leadership and judgment by different parts of No 10 and the Cabinet Office at different times”.

Some events “should not have been allowed to take place” at all, while others “should not have been allowed to develop as they did”, the report found.

It stated: “At least some of the gatherings in question represent a serious failure to observe not just the high standards expected of those working at the heart of Government but also of the standards expected of the entire British population at the time.”

In her conclusion, Ms Grey found there is “significant learning to be drawn” from the events which must be “addressed immediately across Government”.

The report stated: “This does not need to wait for the police investigations to be concluded.”

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Good morning

Welcome to the Standard’s politics live blog, on what looks to be a momentous day in Westminster.

The full report by civil servant Sue Gray into lockdown parties in Whitehall during lockdowns is expected to be published later today.

We could hear about it as early as 12.30pm – directly after Prime Minister’s Questions – during which Boris Johnson is set to address MPs in the Commons.

However, Downing Street has said timings could slip, depending on when they receive the report, which is due to be handed over sometime this morning.

The Prime Minister will also front a Downing Street news conference and face the 1922 Committee of backbench Tories later on Wednesday.

We will be bringing you live updates as soon as we’ve got them, so stay tuned…



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