Sadiq Khan calls on Boris Johnson to 'demonstrate accountability' after Sue Gray report

The Mayor of London has called for the Metropolitan Police to answer why there have not been more fines in the partygate investigation


Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who has asked the Metropolitan Police to explain the force’s decisions over partygate, said the Sue Gray report revealed an “abject failure of leadership” in Downing Street.

He said: “The findings of the Sue Gray report today confirm what many of us had long suspected – the abject failure of leadership and judgment at the heart of Government.

“At a time when millions of Londoners were being asked to make huge sacrifices – to stay away from loved ones and forgo funerals – No 10 and the cabinet office consistently and flagrantly held the public, and the rules they had been told to follow, in contempt.

“The British public deserve better and the PM should now demonstrate accountability for this culture of impunity which took place on his own doorstep and under his own roof.”

Sadiq Khan
Sadiq Khan

Boris Johnson has also faced calls from his own side to quit, as a Conservative MP warned they are on course to lose the next general election.

Former minister Tobias Ellwood was heckled by Tory MPs in the Commons chamber as he questioned whether they can continue to defend Mr Johnson’s behaviour.

Mr Ellwood said of the Sue Gray report into lockdown-busting parties in No 10: “This is a damning report about the absence of leadership, focus and discipline in No 10 – the one place where you expect to find those attributes in abundance.

Boris Johnson raises a glass
Boris Johnson raises a glass

“I’ve made my point and my position very clear to the Prime Minister: he does not have my support.

“But a question I humbly put to my colleagues is ‘are you willing day in and day out to defend this behaviour publicly?’

“Can we continue to govern without distraction given the erosion of the trust with the British people?

“And can we win the general election on this current trajectory? I’m being heckled by my own people.

“If we cannot work out what we’re going to do, then the broad church of the Conservative Party will lose the next general election.

“But my question to the Prime Minister is very clear, on the question of leadership: can he think of any other prime minister who’d have allowed such a culture of indiscipline to take place under their watch and if it did would they not have resigned?”