Sue Gray was investigating data from card-swiping staff when her request was expanded to include socializing at the Prime Minister’s flat
It is believed Mrs Gray has now been told that two of Carrie’s friends visited apartment number 11 when Covid restrictions were in place, according to Sunday Times.
However, claims that it was a social occasion are disputed and an explanation has been given instead that the couple visited for “business reasons”.
This is not the first time Boris and Carrie Johnson have faced criticism over law-breaking gatherings that are believed to have occurred during the pandemic.
So, when does Sue Gray’s report – and what charges does Carrie Johnson face?
When will Sue Gray’s report be published?
The new statements come at the start of an important week for Mr Johnson.
The revelations from the report will only add to the bewilderment at Westminster, with Mr Johnson’s political existence in the balance.
Mrs Gray is believed to have been granted access to detailed logs of staff activities upon the access and departure of Number 10, Guardians report.
From this card-swiping log, her team of six civil servants was able to investigate the exact whereabouts of employees and whether anyone was in the building for a social gathering in the early hours.
What other claims is Carrie Johnson facing?
- May 15, 2020: Downing Street Garden Party
About 15 other people were also present in the photo, but the Prime Minister insisted it was a working meeting and said: “It is a meeting of working people. This is where I live and where I work. It’s meeting people at work, talking about work.”
- May 20, 2020: BYOB Party
The email, sent to more than 100 Downing Street employees, invited staff for a “social difference drink in the No10 garden” in an effort to “make the most of the nice weather”.
It is claimed that about 40 of those invited attended the gathering in the gardens of Downing Street.
The Prime Minister has admitted to being in attendance for 25 minutes but insists he thinks the meeting is a business event and No 10 says Mr Johnson did not know about the event in advance.
But his former chief assistant Dominic Cummings said this was not true and he warned it was against the rules.
- Christmas 2020: Nimco Ali stays
A report by Harper’s Magazine in the US suggested that Mrs Johnson and her husband joined their friend, political campaigner Nimco Ali, during the festive period, despite strict rules on social distancing. association is being applied due to the increase in Covid-19 cases.
A spokesperson for Downing Street and Ms Johnson have said the lockdown rules were not broken, although neither have denied that Ms Ali joined the couple for Christmas.
In a statement released at the time, No 10 said: “The Prime Minister and Mrs Johnson have followed the coronavirus rules at all times. The other suggestion is completely untrue.”
- September 2020: West End engagement party
The Prime Minister’s wife is pictured breaking social distancing guidelines at an event in London’s West End in September 2020.
At the time, government guidance urged people to stay two meters away from people who are not in their home “where possible”, or one meter if taking extra precautions when meeting outdoors.
However, The Sunday Telegraph published a photograph of Mrs Johnson embracing a friend at a social event at The Conduit, a private members club in Covent Garden, when those restrictions were in place.
Rule of six applied at the time the photo was taken, which the newspaper said was September 17.
Mrs Johnson is shown with her arm wrapped around Anna Pinder and one of her legs draped over hers in a photo that has gone viral online, and is smiling with her friend while posing for a photo on the sofa on the club’s outdoor terrace.
A spokeswoman said: ‘Ms Johnson was one of a group of six people sitting outside celebrating a friend’s engagement.
“Mrs. Johnson regrets the fleeting moment of contemplation hugging her friend for a group photo.”
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