Boris to face grilling over ‘partygate’ at PMQs as Grey report looms – ‘Kept covering up’

Tory MPs will have to either 'sack or back' Boris Johnson

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The report by Senior Civil Servant Sue Gray may be published later today, reports claim, though it is not expected to be revealed before the start of Prime Minister’s Questions at noon.     Speaking to BBC Newsnight, Leader of the Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg said the Government would make a statement following the publication of the report with Labour being given the opportunity to respond.

He said: “The Government will behave entirely properly in terms of any statement, and the usual courtesies are extended to the opposition.”

Mr Rees-Mogg added that the cabinet was unanimous in their support for the Prime Minister because “anyone who did not support the Prime Minister would be obligated to resign.”

Also speaking to BBC Newsnight, shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry said the Prime Minister’s authority had been undermined by the allegations.

Ms Thornberry said Boris Johnson “knew all along that he had been involved in many, many parties” and had “covered up and kept covering up”.

It comes as the Metropolitan Police has decided to do a U-turn and launch its own investigation into the matter on Tuesday.

Met Chief Cressida Dick said the force was looking into potential breaches of Covid laws at a number of events in Government buildings since 2020.

The police investigation puts further pressure on the PM, after weeks of headlines about gatherings in Downing Street when laws preventing social mixing were in place.

Mr Johnson has apologised for attending a “bring your own booze” event on May 20, 2020, during the first lockdown, saying he thought it was a “work event”. 

New allegations about a birthday party held for Mr Johnson on June 19, 2020, have also come to light.

Some Conservative MPS have openly called for the PM to resign.

Other Tory MPs have said they will wait for the publication of Ms Gray’s report.

At least 54 MPs need to write to Sir Graham Brady chairman of the backbench 1922 committee in order to trigger a vote of no confidence. 

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Mr Johnson has said he will make a statement in the commons after the report has been published.

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