Sue Gray's report 'will be so damning Boris will have to resign'

Sue Gray’s Partygate ‘excoriating’ report ‘will be so damning that Boris Johnson will have no choice but to resign as Prime Minister’, sources claim as rebel MPs prepare to wield knife if Tories lose local elections

  • More than 300 images and 500 pages of information handed to Scotland Yard
  • A total of 12 events are being investigated by the police, including leaving dos
  • It comes as Boris Johnson is facing calls to resign over the partygate affair

Sue Gray’s long-awaited Partygate report will be so damning that Boris Johnson will have no choice but to resign as Prime Minister, a source has claimed.

A dossier of more than 300 images and 500 pages of information was handed to Scotland Yard by the senior civil servant, who led a Cabinet Office probe into the matter. 

A total of 12 events are being investigated by the police, which include a ‘bring-your-own-booze’ garden party, a gathering in the Cabinet Office to mark Mr Johnson’s 56th birthday and a series of leaving dos. 

A senior official told The Times: ‘Sue’s report is excoriating. It will make things incredibly difficult for the prime minister.’

They added: ‘There’s an immense amount of pressure on her — her report could be enough to end him. No official has ever been in a position like this before.’

Sue Gray’s long-awaited Partygate report will be so damning that Boris Johnson will have no choice but to resign as Prime Minister, a source has claimed

A dossier of more than 300 images and 500 pages of information was handed to Scotland Yard by the senior civil servant, who led a Cabinet Office probe into the matter (pictured: Boris Johnson waves as his boards his plane for the UK at Delhi airport

It comes as Mr Johnson is facing calls to resign over the partygate affair, with prominent backbenchers such as Mr Baker and ex-defence minister Tobias Ellwood among those to call for him to quit.

The i reported that Conservative rebels are plotting to oust Mr Johnson if the party has poor results in local elections on May 5. 

The Guardian said allies of former foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt and trade minister Penny Mordaunt had been making ‘discrete preparations’ for a leadership contest should Tory MPs move to topple Mr Johnson.

A widespread Tory revolt was rumoured to be behind the Downing Street decision to abandon a plan on Thursday to delay a Commons investigation into whether he misled Parliament with his repeated assurances that Covid rules were followed in No 10.

It was reported that Conservative rebels are plotting to oust Mr Johnson if the party has poor results in local elections on May 5

As well as the Scotland Yard probe and the investigation by Sue Gray, the PM will be subject to a third inquiry by the Privileges Committee, which will seek to determine whether he knew about the alleged rule breaches before making his statements to MPs. 

Fine notices have also started landing in the email inboxes of officials who attended a ‘bring your own bottle’ drinks do in the Downing Street garden on May 20, 2020 during England’s first Covid lockdown when indoor and outdoor gatherings were banned.

No 10 said on Friday evening Mr Johnson, who has admitted attending but insisted he ‘believed implicitly that this was a work event’, has not received notice of a fine in relation to the gathering.

But with the Prime Minister having already been fined once for attending his own birthday bash in June 2020, there is the risk he could be fined further times, with claims that police are looking into another five possible rule-breaking events he is said to have attended.

Booze culture and ‘difficult to justify’ behaviour in No10

This is what Sue Gray already said about Boris Johnson’s government in her first interim report.  Her final findings are said to be even stronger.

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