Boris Johnson’s political future hangs in the balance as MPs await the results of a critical investigation into multiple allegations of parties breaking the rules at No 10 during Covid restrictions.
Sue Gray, the senior official tasked with investigating the events at Downing Street and other government departments, is expected to deliver her report to the prime minister later this week.
Gray will also reportedly interview Dominic Cummings, Johnson’s former top adviser at No. 10, who claimed his former boss “lied” to parliament about the events, as part of his investigations.
According to reports, the police officers guarding number 10 at the time of the alleged parties breaking the rules have already been spoken to for the investigation.
When asked how important his information was, a source said The Telegraph: “Put it this way, if Boris Johnson is still prime minister at the end of the week, I would be very surprised.”
Some Conservative MPs have already called on the prime minister to resign over the scandal, including former ministers Caroline Nokes and David Davis, and others have sent letters of censure to the chairman of the 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady.
Aaron Bell, the Conservative MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme, became the latest MP to send a letter over the weekend, according to The Sunday Times. A total of 54 deputies are required to do so if a no-confidence vote is triggered.
But many are reserving judgment on the prime minister’s future at No. 10 until Ms Gray’s findings about multiple events held during Covid restrictions, including the ‘bring your own drink’ meeting on May 20, are released. of 2020.
Asked if Johnson’s political future hung in the balance on the report, Conservative MP Steve Baker said the independent on Friday: “I don’t see how anyone can objectively say otherwise.”
Speaking on Sunday, Dominic Raab, the deputy prime minister, claimed there was a “gathering” around Johnson after the dramatic defection of Bury South MP Christian Wakeford to Sir Keir Starmer’s Labor Party.
However, he dodged questions about whether the report would be released in full, telling the BBC that “the process will be decided by the prime minister”, stating that he was “not quite sure what form it would take”.
“The essence of the findings will be: there will be full transparency,” he added. “In fact, the [Mr Johnson] he has said he will go back to the House of Commons and make a statement, so there will be full scrutiny.”
However, on Saturday, Angela Rayner, deputy leader of the Labor Party, stressed: “Sue Gray’s report must be published in full with all the accompanying evidence.”
He added that “the prime minister cannot be allowed to hide or obscure any of the truth when he has insisted on a very lengthy internal investigation to tell him what parties he attended and what happened in his own home.”
The investigation of Ms Gray also reportedly widened to examine socializing at the Prime Minister’s apartment above 11 Downing Street, involving government advisers and close friends of the Prime Minister’s wife, Carrie.
The Cabinet Office declined to comment on the weekend, but Cummings has previously claimed there was a “party” in the flat on November 13, 2020, the same day he left his government post, as England faced its second lockdown. .