‘Sue Gray may have come across more!’ LBC hears damning report as Boris awaits findings

Partygate: Boris Johnson in danger amid looming Sue Gray report

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The Mirror’s Political editor Pippa Crerar, who broke the Partygate story, has issued a stark assessment of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s wrongdoings at the lockdown-busting parties held in Downing Street.

While the Met police investigation has found Boris Johnson breached the rules on one occasion at his birthday party in June 2020, Sue Gray’s report findings are expected to be published tomorrow – and could tilt Boris Johnson’s political future. Many Conservative MPs are waiting for that report to make their decision on whether Boris Johnson is still fit for office.

Speaking on LBC, Ms Crerar made it clear Boris Johnson flouted the rules: “It doesn’t matter actually whether it was cake or lemonade or salads or whatever, streamers.”

“It’s the fact that it had been arranged in advance by his wife, she’s asked people to gather”, Ms Crerar said.

“And the fact that people that weren’t to do with work that were there, the interior designer.

“And the fact that it was, they regarded it as something that was separate from, it wasn’t considered necessary for work as I think what the legislation actually says. So, on the strictest interpretation of the rules, it’s a breach of them.”

Ms Crerar continued: “I think what’s really interesting is, as you rightly say, that whole those details weren’t available in that first Times’ article, I think people weren’t necessarily looking at the legislation in quite the same way.

“When it became clear that there was actually a much wider pattern of events in Number 10, that rules weren’t being followed by the people that set the rules, there was a renewed interest in it.”

The damning assessment comes a day before the probable release of Sue Gray’s report. Only Conservative MPs have the power to trigger a no-confidence vote. A total of 54 letters must be sent to the 1922 committee to launch a no-confidence motion.

Ms Crerar continued: “I think what’s really interesting is, as you rightly say, that whole those details weren’t available in that first Times’ article, I think people weren’t necessarily looking at the legislation in quite the same way.

“When it became clear that there was actually a much wider pattern of events in Number 10, that rules weren’t being followed by the people that set the rules, there was a renewed interest in it.”

“If it had been an isolated incident, I don’t think people didn’t get too excited about it.

“But when it became a pattern of events and you know, there was something like 17, 18 or 19 alleged gatherings that took place at the heart of government, the police looking at 12 of them.”

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“Your brother was at six of them”, Ms Crerar said addressing Boris Johnson’s sister, Rachel Johnson.

“I mean those are the ones that have been published that are in the public domain.

“Sue Gray may have come across more. There was, it feels like, I think to people there was a culture and a pattern that happened at Number 10.

“And like it or not, Boris Johnson is Prime Minister. He’s the boss.

“And therefore, as he said himself, has a degree of responsibility for what went on.”

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