Sue Gray report latest: Boris Johnson apologises in Commons, as police obtain 300


Boris Johnson apologises in Commons after party probe report

Sue Gray’s heavily-censored report into the partygate scandal has blasted “failures of leadership and judgment” in 10 Downing Street and the Cabinet Office.

The long-awaited report was published by Downing Street this afternoon after being delivered to Boris Johnson.

The prime minister made a statement on the report in the House of Commons and was rebuked by MPs on all sides. He held a meeting with Conservative MPs this evening to address the party investigations.

Ms Gray’s report was stripped of all but “minimal” references to alleged breaches of Covid regulations in No 10 and Whitehall departments due to a request from the Metropolitan Police that she avoid prejudicing its own probe.

The report revealed that police are probing 12 events, including a birthday celebration for Mr Johnson and an alleged party inside his private flat.

Scotland Yard said police investigating the party claims have been given more than 300 photos and 500 pages of information.

Commander Catherine Roper said police were reviewing a huge amount of written evidence in order to confirm which politicians and civil servants will need to be contacted.

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‘A man with no shame’: Boris Johnson refuses to quit after Partygate report blasts failures of leadership

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  • A snap poll by Opinium found 64 per cent of voters think Tory MPs should remove Johnson through a confidence vote

Biggest points from the afternoon in Westminster, here:

Liam James31 January 2022 20:59

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Liz Truss tests positive for Covid

Liz Truss, the foreign secretary, has tested positive for Covid-19.

Ms Truss was in the House of Commons earlier and was in the meeting of Tory MPs this evening.

She was planning to travel to Ukraine this week amid tension at the border with Russia.

Liam James31 January 2022 20:27

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‘What else could you want in a leader?’ Jacob Rees-Mogg defends Boris Johnson

Jacob Rees-Mogg has launched a spirited defence of Boris Johnson’s leadership in the wake of Sue Gray’s No 10 party report.

The prime minister gathered a meeting of Tory MPs on Monday night in parliament – in a bid to head off a leadership challenge by rebels.

Speaking to reporters outside the meeting Mr Rees Mogg, the Commons leader, said the PM retained the confidence of his party.

“I’ve never been in a room where everyone’s agreed with me but I thought support for the prime minister was very strong,” he said.

Jon Stone31 January 2022 20:13

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Nobody called for Boris Johnson to resign at meeting, says Tory MP

Speaking after the meeting of the Conservative parliamentary party, Paul Bristow, Tory MP for Peterborough, said it had been a “difficult day’’ but said there was support for Boris Johnson.

Mr Bristow said he left the meeting “absolutely pumped’’ and added that nobody in the meeting had called for Mr Johnson to go.

The prime minister held a meeting with Tory MPs after publishing the limited version of Sue Gray’s report into Downing Street parties.

Liam James31 January 2022 19:51

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Tory MPs ‘nod and smile’ at meeting with Boris Johnson

Now hearing from Tory MPs coming out of a meeting with Boris Johnson.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the Commons, said the “mood was positive” among those present.

He said: “We’ve got to remember how well the prime minister has done in the general run of being prime minister.”

One Tory MP said colleagues were “nodding and smiling” as Mr Johnson addressed the room.

They appeared exasperated though that while “a hundred thousand Russians” were stationed on the Ukrainian border MPs were “talking about cake”.

Liam James31 January 2022 19:25

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Insight into Boris Johnson’s meeting with MPs from Christopher Chope at The Daily Telegraph:

Liam James31 January 2022 19:17

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Jeremy Hunt says mandatory NHS vaccine U-turn ‘completely wrong’

Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt – a potential “stalking horse” leadership candidate in the view of some with close knowledge of the parliamentary Tory party – has criticised the government decision to U-turn on mandatory vaccines for NHS staff.

His intervention comes at an extremely sensitive time for Boris Johnson – who defeated Mr Hunt in the last Tory leadership race – after he apologised to MPs today over the findings of Sue Gray’s report.

Liam James31 January 2022 19:10

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Nadine Dorries tries to move on from Sue Gray report

Nadine Dorries has joined cabinet colleagues in trying to move the conversation on from the Sue Gray report.

Michael Gove and Oliver Dowden did the same earlier.

Ms Dorries earlier suggested the prime minister would publish the full report – not redacted like today – when the…



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