Partygate inquiry ‘may have discovered at least one gathering’ in Downing Street flat

Sue Gray’s report is expected to be published this week

Zoe Tidman
Sunday 23 January 2022 01:48
<p>Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street this week </p>

Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street this week

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An inquiry into allegations of parties at Downing Street may have unearthed details of at least one gathering in the prime minister’s flat, according to reports.

Sue Gray, the senior civil servant conducting the investigation, is reported to have received evidence of visits involving close friends of Carrie Johnson during lockdown.

Her inquiry is expected to be released this week.

There are allegations that a number of parties were held in No 10 while Covid restrictions were in place, including two events on the evening before Prince Philip’s funeral.

However, the inquiry has now been widened to look into socialising at the prime minister’s Downing Street flat, the Sunday Times reported.

Ms Gray has discovered evidence that Ms Johnson welcomed two friends – both civil servants but not working at No 10 at the time – into her residence on several occasions during lockdown, according to the newspaper.

The visits were reportedly explained as being work-related.

Meanwhile, The Observer similarly reported that Ms Gray may have discovered details of another gathering at No 10, with rumours, it claimed, circulating in government this may have involved the PM’s flat and friends of his wife.

The newspaper also reported that Ms Gray, who is investigating at least nine Downing Street gatherings, has been granted access to security data showing staff movements in and out of the building – including information from swipecards.

On Saturday, Labour called on the prime minister to ensure the Partygate report is “published in its entirety”. It came after reports suggested some evidence – such as communications – could be withheld.

No 10 has been approached for comment by The Independent.

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