Sue Gray report: The unanswered questions about Downing Street parties

Sue Gray report: The unanswered questions about Downing Street parties

May 25, 2022 by BBC

Key Facts

  • Sue Gray says the "information collected on this gathering is limited" as it was halted when the Met investigation started and adds that, after the Met concluded its investigation, "I considered whether or not to conduct any further investigation into this event but concluded it was not appropriate or proportionate to do so."
  • Chief Secretary to the Treasury Simon Clarke had told BBC News that it was Sue Gray who asked for it, but the prime minister's spokesperson later conceded that it had actually been the idea of Downing Street officials.
  • The suggestion that he had asked for it not to be published came from an article in the Times in which a source said: "He asked her is there much point in doing it now that it's all out there?" Mr Johnson was first asked by Conservative MP Aaron Bell whether the Times story was true.
  • Later he was asked by Labour MP Karin Smyth "did he ask her not to publish the report?" Mr Johnson replied "no". Mr Johnson was also asked about this in the press conference and said: "The terms of reference make it absolutely clear that Sue has got to publish a report."

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