Read the Sue Gray report in FULL: The findings from Partygate probe into 12 Downing Street bashes including photos of Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak at rule-breaking dos
An official inquiry into the partygate scandal today said that the ‘senior leadership’ in Boris Johnson‘s Government must ‘bear responsibility’ for the culture which led to coronavirus lockdown rules being broken.
The Prime Minister faced fresh demands to resign after Sue Gray’s report said the public would be ‘dismayed’ by a series of breaches of coronavirus rules in No 10 and Westminster. She added: ‘The events that I investigated were attended by leaders in government. Many of these events should not have been allowed to happen.’
Scotland Yard has issued 126 fines for rule breaches in No 10 and Whitehall, with the Prime Minister receiving a single fixed-penalty notice for his birthday party. But senior civil servant Ms Gray condemned the wider culture that had been allowed to develop under Mr Johnson’s leadership.
She said some of the more junior officials who attended parties ‘believed that their involvement in some of these events was permitted given the attendance of senior leaders’. Ms Gray added: ‘The senior leadership at the centre, both political and official, must bear responsibility for this culture.’
Read the inquiry’s full findings and see the new photos here: