Sue Gray investigation report to be published today

Cabinet Office says the former ethics chief has updated the PM on her investigations

By Tevye Markson

31 Jan 2022

Sue Gray’s report into No. 10 lockdown parties has been handed to Boris Johnson and will be published this afternoon, the Cabinet Office has confirmed.

The report into confirmed and alleged parties at Downing Street and other government buildings during the pandemic will be published before a statement by the prime minister to parliament after 3.30pm.

A Cabinet Office spokesperson said: "We can confirm that Sue Gray has provided an update on her investigations to the prime minister."

The announcement follows days of speculation about when and how much of the report would be made public. 

It comes days after the Met Police announced it was a criminal investigation into some of the parties, after Gray passed information onto the force.

The force has asked the Cabinet Office second permanent secretary to include “minimal reference” to the parties it is looking into, which means Gray’s report could be heavily redacted.

Asked earlier today whether the report will be a "whitewash", the PM told reporters: "You are going to have to wait and see both what Sue says and of course what the Met says."

The prime minister's spokesperson would not confirm whether Gray's report will be published in full, saying that No.10 and the Cabinet Office were discussing "what might be appropriate".

"At the moment it is unclear how the ongoing Met police investigation might interact with any further work on that. But obviously it’s something we will want to keep under review," they said.

Asked if the public will ever see a fuller version of the Gray report, the spokesperson said: “That’s one of the things I can’t confirm at this point simply because we need to discuss that with the Met and others about what is suitable.”

This story was updated at 1.10pm to reflect No.10's confirmation that the report will be published before the PM's statement at 3.30

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