Sue Gray inquiry into No 10 lockdown parties could be released tomorrow despite Met Police investigation

British civil servant Sue Gray poses for a photo in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters on January 19, 2022. Courtesy of GOV.UK/Handout.
British civil servant Sue Gray poses for a photo in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters on January 19, 2022. Courtesy of GOV.UK/Handout.

Dame Cressida Dick confirmed that the Metropolitan Police will investigate a number of incidents alleged to have taken place in Downing Street that broke lockdown rules

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Sue Gray's report into alleged Downing Street parties that may have broken lockdown rules could be released as early as tomorrow.

This comes despite reports that the release of Sue Gray's inquiry was to be postponed, pending an investigation by the Metropolitan Police.

The Prime Minister told MPs it is “right” for Scotland Yard to investigate and that he believes it will “help to draw a line under matters”.

Mr Johnson was plunged into deeper jeopardy when Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick announced officers were investigating a “number of events” in Downing Street and Whitehall over two years after being passed information from the Gray inquiry.

Updating the Commons on the inquiry, Mr Johnson said: “That process has quite properly involved sharing information continuously with the Metropolitan Police, so I welcome the Met’s decision to conduct its own investigation because I believe this will help to give the public the clarity it needs and help to draw a line under matters.”

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman told reporters that “everyone required will fully cooperate in any way they are asked”.

Pressed if Mr Johnson is willing to be interviewed by officers, his spokesman responded: “Anyone asked to will cooperate fully as you would expect.”