London police call for limits on so-called ‘partygate’ report -Breaking
James Davey and Elizabeth Piper
LONDON (Reuters).- The investigation into the COVID-19 lockdown breaking gatherings at Downing Street, which could have a significant impact on Boris Johnson’s future as British Prime Minister may be delayed further after police demanded that the report only make “minimal references” to the events.
Johnson is now facing the greatest threat to his premiership due to the lockdown-busting events at his home and at Number 10. He has been receiving growing calls for his resignation, and lawmakers have asked for him to hold off until the report comes out.
It is led by Sue Gray, a senior civil servant.
Although it had been anticipated that the report would be published this week, there was a delay when London’s Metropolitan Police announced on Tuesday that an investigation had been opened into several of these events to see if any criminal acts were committed.
Gray’s report is being published by officials without any compromise to the criminal investigation. Some lawmakers are concerned that Gray’s report will be diluted. Some legislators fear it might be delayed.
“For the Met’s investigation, we requested that minimal mention be made in Cabinet Office reports,” said the Metropolitan Police or the Met in a statement. This refers to the Department which supports and implements the Prime Minister.
“The Met didn’t ask for limitations on any other events or to delay the report. However, we are in constant contact with Cabinet Office regarding the contents of the report and any possible prejudices to our investigation.
London Police Force has come under fire for its inability to initially investigate allegations. Questions have been raised about why Downing Street officers failed to act at that time.
THE KEY TO THE FUTURE
Gray’s report will be delivered to Johnson by Gray before being published. Johnson has said that he should not draw any conclusions prior to its publication.
This is her second week of reading about Downing Street’s events. She has read countless stories, including one in which aides packed a bag of supermarket alcohol into a backpack and broke the swing of a child. They danced till the wee hours.
Johnson’s spokesperson said that Johnson does not believe Johnson broke the law, and Downing Street would like the report published as soon possible.
Officials claim that the police investigation has made it difficult to publish the report because they must decide what should be kept and which elements should be deleted. Legislators warn that it is possible to remove the most harmful conclusions.
Andrew Bridgen, Conservative lawmaker and one of the people who called for Johnson’s resignation, stated, “From the Met Statement, it is clear that the worst allegations will not become available for parliament to see and could delay the report further.”
He said that it did not change his opinion that the prime Minister’s position was untenable.
Opposition politicians have demanded Johnson’s resignation and charged him with lying persistently.
Johnson’s supporters and Johnson have had time to convince their colleagues to not vote for him. Some legislators said that they will wait for the report to vote against Johnson.
A minister stated earlier that the report was still not being handed over to Johnson’s office.
Sky News was told by Chris Philp of the Minister for Tech and the Digital Economy that “I talked to someone in Downing Street around half an hour ago and they certainly didn’t indicate it had been accepted.”