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Sue Gray report on No 10 lockdown parties ‘delayed’ as Met announces probe

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The document was due to come out in days (Picture: Reuters/AP)

The eagerly awaited results of Sue Gray’s report into alleged lockdown-breaking Downing Street parties have been delayed, according to reports.

Many across the nation were on tenterhooks as the document was due to come out any day now.

But ‘it will likely not be published for many weeks’ after the Metropolitan Police announced they would investigate the claims too.

Officers had repeatedly refused to probe ‘partygate’, insisting they do not look into suspected Covid-19 rule breaches after they have occurred.

But Dame Cressida Dick confirmed a dramatic change of course this afternoon while giving evidence to London Assembly members.

Ms Gray will continue her own investigation while police look into potential law-breaking, ITV’s Robert Peston says.

The news of delay, while currently unconfirmed by Downing Street, has been described as ‘some kind of reprieve for the prime minister’.

Boris Johnson has been facing calls to resign for weeks after allegations of a number of government parties, as millions followed coronavirus rules he had set.

The latest accusations are that the PM’s then-fiancee Carrie helped organise a surprise birthday party for him during the first lockdown.

It was attended by up to 30 people in the Cabinet Room on the afternoon of June 19, it’s claimed.

Downing Street has disputed the report, with a No 10 spokeswoman saying: ‘A group of staff working in No 10 that day gathered briefly in the Cabinet Room after a meeting to wish the Prime Minister a happy birthday. He was there for less than ten minutes.’

The Met decided to investigate the alleged social gatherings after it was presented with ‘outline findings’ from the Gray report, suggesting it has uncovered evidence of potential law-breaking.

Commissioner Dick said today: ‘As a result firstly of information provided by the Cabinet Office inquiry team and secondly my officers’ own assessment, I can confirm that the Met is now investigating a number of events that took place at Downing Street and Whitehall in the last two years in relation to potential breaches of Covid-19 regulations.

‘My officers have assessed several other events that appear to have taken place at Downing Street and Whitehall on the available information – these other events are assessed as not reaching the threshold for criminal investigation.’

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Sue Gray report on No 10 lockdown parties 'delayed' as Met announces probe

The document was due to come out in days (Picture: Reuters/AP)

The eagerly awaited results of Sue Gray’s report into alleged lockdown-breaking Downing Street parties have been delayed, according to reports.

Many across the nation were on tenterhooks as the document was due to come out any day now.

But ‘it will likely not be published for many weeks’ after the Metropolitan Police announced they would investigate the claims too.

Officers had repeatedly refused to probe ‘partygate’, insisting they do not look into suspected Covid-19 rule breaches after they have occurred.

But Dame Cressida Dick confirmed a dramatic change of course this afternoon while giving evidence to London Assembly members.

Ms Gray will continue her own investigation while police look into potential law-breaking, ITV’s Robert Peston says.

The news of delay, while currently unconfirmed by Downing Street, has been described as ‘some kind of reprieve for the prime minister’.

Boris Johnson has been facing calls to resign for weeks after allegations of a number of government parties, as millions followed coronavirus rules he had set.

The latest accusations are that the PM’s then-fiancee Carrie helped organise a surprise birthday party for him during the first lockdown.

It was attended by up to 30 people in the Cabinet Room on the afternoon of June 19, it’s claimed.

Downing Street has disputed the report, with a No 10 spokeswoman saying: ‘A group of staff working in No 10 that day gathered briefly in the Cabinet Room after a meeting to wish the Prime Minister a happy birthday. He was there for less than ten minutes.’

The Met decided to investigate the alleged social gatherings after it was presented with ‘outline findings’ from the Gray report, suggesting it has uncovered evidence of potential law-breaking.

Commissioner Dick said today: ‘As a result firstly of information provided by the Cabinet Office inquiry team and secondly my officers’ own assessment, I can confirm that the Met is now investigating a number of events that took place at Downing Street and Whitehall in the last two years in relation to potential breaches of Covid-19 regulations.

‘My officers have assessed several other events that appear to have taken place at Downing Street and Whitehall on the available information – these other events are assessed as not reaching the threshold for criminal investigation.’

This is a breaking news story, more to follow soon… Check back shortly for further updates.

Got a story? Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at [email protected] Or you can submit your videos and pictures here.

For more stories like this, check our news page.

Follow Metro.co.uk on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news updates. You can now also get Metro.co.uk articles sent straight to your device. Sign up for our daily push alerts here.

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