Report by Sue Gray – live: Boris Johnson denies partying at No 10 despite photos of drinking

Boris Johnson is accused of lying to MPs about pictures showing him leaving work

As Westminster awaits the release of the Sue Gray report on the Partygate scandal, pictures have been received from ITV News – Cast doubt on the Prime Minister’s claim to the House of Commons that no party was held and no rules were broken in No10.

Boris Johnson told MPs there had been no lockdown party at Downing Street.

In December 2021, Labor MP Catherine West asked the Prime Minister in the House of Commons to say “whether there was a party in Downing Street on 13 November [2020]?”

In the brief exchange, Mr Johnson replied – to the jeers of opposition MPs: “No, but I’m sure whatever happened the guidelines were followed and the rules were followed at all times.”

Almost 18 months later, his rejection has been belied by four photos obtained by ITV News and released on Monday, showing the Prime Minister toasting at a party for his then communications director, Lee Cain, on November 13, 2020.

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He understands “the anger many will feel that I myself have not been able to comply with the rules that the government I lead put in place to protect the public.”

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Maroosha MuzaffarMay 24, 2022 5:45 am

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Boris Johnson faces new allegations of lying to Parliament

Boris Johnson is facing fresh allegations from Labor that he lied to Parliament after photos emerged of him raising a glass at a Downing Street party during lockdown.

The images were sourced from ITV News.

Labor now claims there is “no doubt” the Prime Minister “lied” to MPs. The opposition also accused Mr Johnson of misleading Parliament.

Senior official Sue Gray’s report on the Partygate scandal is expected to be released this week. It has been reported that Mrs Gray will be very critical of the culture at No 10 and Whitehall.

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No. 10 ‘made the first move’ about Sue Gray meeting Boris Johnson

Downing Street proposed a meeting between Boris Johnson and Sue Gray, it was reported on Monday, while Westminster awaits Ms Gray’s report to Partygate.

Finance Secretary Simon Clarke had said Ms Gray “instigated” the meeting. But No 10 later confirmed Downing Street officials had spoken to Ms Gray about updating the PM on her request.

“Following this, Sue Gray’s office sent a technical request for a meeting,” said the Prime Minister’s official spokesman.

The spokesman added: “He is [Mr Clarke’s] Right that the formal request for a technical meeting came from Sue Gray.”

Maroosha MuzaffarMay 24, 2022 4:55 am

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/sue-gray-report-latest-boris-johnson-b2085792.html Report by Sue Gray – live: Boris Johnson denies partying at No 10 despite photos of drinking

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