Sue Gray report: Downing Street admits it initiated meeting

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It comes as Dominic Cummings says Partygate photos will show Boris Johnson has ‘obviously lied to Commons’ about knowledge of Covid events

Over the weekend, the Prime Minister came under pressure to explain the Partygate meeting, which Downing Street and Cabinet ministers originally said was being sought by the official and not the Prime Minister’s team.

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The revelations come as Mr Johnson’s former assistant, Dominic Cummings, said all photos included in Sue Gray’s report – due to be released shortly – would show the embattled Prime Minister had “obviously lied to the Commons”. , as far as his knowledge of the parties is concerned.

Boris Johnson reportedly met with Sue Gray to discuss her Partygate report (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

However, revelations of what the opposition has branded a “secret meeting” between the Prime Minister and Ms Gray have brought focus back to Boris Johnson’s behavior in office.

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Labor said the meeting could undermine public confidence in the Sue Gray report when it is released this week.

It has also been reported that senior official Simon Case has been particularly hard hit by the content, despite not having been fined over the scandal.

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What do we know about Boris Johnson meeting Sue Gray?

A Partygate reports meeting between Boris Johnson and Sue Gray took place a few weeks ago, according to multiple reports published Friday night (May 20).

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Several senior ministers, including Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi and Finance Minister Simon Clarke, have appeared in the broadcast media to downplay the meeting and underscore the integrity of the report.

Downing Street has admitted she had sought a meeting with Sue Gray after claiming it was down to the officer (Image: Getty Images)

In a daily briefing with journalists, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman confirmed the meeting had been initiated by Downing Street officials who had suggested it “might be useful” to give Boris Johnson an overview of what Sue’s team was doing Gray plans, “in terms of release and timing.”

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While it is now known that Downing Street sought to meet Sue Grey, it remains unclear exactly what was discussed between the Prime Minister and the official.

After the Met Police complete their investigation, Sue Gray will release her Partygate report (Image: Getty Images)

The source said the Prime Minister reportedly told Ms Gray the decision was her business.

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The news organization said it had been told the Prime Minister wanted to release as much information as possible so he could get past Partygate and had therefore not pressured Ms Gray to drop or amend her report.

What was the reaction to PM meeting Sue Gray?

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Revelations of a meeting between Boris Johnson and Sue Gray have been met with surprise as the investigation has repeatedly been described as an independent trial.

Despite repeated insistence from Mr Johnson’s allies that he had not tried to influence the report, Labor said the meeting itself was an attempt to undermine it.

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Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said after the latest revelations: “I always had concerns when we came to the publication of the Sue Gray report that the government would try to undermine them and the report.

“That’s what we’ve seen over the past few days over the weekend, a new low for the government.”

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Wendy Chamberlain, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “The public would be rightly furious if it were revealed that Boris Johnson was pressuring Sue Gray to water down her report on illegal Downing Street parties.”

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