UK investigation on Downing Street lockdown parties
Johnson, according to opposition lawmakers, is accused of having intentionally misled Parliament.
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LONDON — A highly anticipated investigation into numerous Covid-19 lockdown-breaking parties at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office and residence has been released, intensifying pressure on the embattled Conservative Party leader.
Sue Gray, senior civil servant, found in her comprehensive report that many of those who met at Whitehall or Downing Street during Covid lockdowns within the last two year should have been prevented.
According to the report, “The top leadership of the centre (political and oficial) must be held responsible for the culture.”
“At minimum some of these gatherings represent a serious failure not only to observe the high standards required of those at the heart Government, but of all the standards expected by the whole British population at that time.”
Gray’s Report reaffirmed her findings. initial, redacted reportThe criticisms of government leadership began in January and have continued to the end.
The report stated that “Regardless of the original intent, many of these gatherings were not conducted in accordance with Covid guidance.”
“Even with all the pressures advisors and officials were subject to, these facts show some behaviors and attitudes that are inconsistent with this guidance.”
Gray initiated an inquiry after media reports about gatherings and parties at government buildings in Covid lockdowns that lasted for 20 months.
The delay in publishing the complete report is due to separate investigations by police. Metropolitan Police investigated resultedIn 126 penalties to 83 persons, Johnson, Carrie Johnson and Rishi Sunak, Finance Minister.
Johnson will likely make a statement later today to the House of Commons.
Gray’s complete report follows further revelations made in recent days about additional alcohol-fueled social events in Downing Street, during Covid lockdowns. Johnson was pictured lifting a glass at an leaving party on November 13, 2020.
These images are from obtained by ITV NewsOpposition lawmakers made fresh accusations that Johnson had deliberately misled Parliament. Johnson previously stated to the House of Commons that no rules were broken.
Johnson is a frequent speaker. resisted calls to resign from across the political spectrum, despite sustained public anger over a long and growing list of alleged lockdown breaches.
Ben Page, Ipsos CEO and founder, was asked Wednesday if Johnson’s tenure had ended in public opinion. He replied: “On the current numbers I have, not yet.”
Page told CNBC’s “Squawk box Europe” that Johnson is unpopular. However, the fact people feel he might have lied one way or another was priced in. Boris Johnson lies? “Tell me a different story.”
Keir Starmer, his opponent, is slightly better than him in the polls. However, overall, no numbers suggest that the Labour Party holds a significant lead. an Australian-like event — where the Labor Party swept to power — is going to happen in Britain,” Page said.
He added, “He might still get away with it.”
According to the Ministerial Code (an official list of guidelines for how politicians should behave), lawmakers who intentionally mislead Parliament must resign from office. However, this guidance is not legal and the prime minister must decide how to apply it.