Boris Johnson’s Lockdown Bashes on Downing Street flooded with Sue Gray bombing

After becoming the first UK Prime Minister to be punished for breaking the law while in power, Boris Johnson received another blow on Wednesday with the release of a long-awaited report on rallies violating the lockdown in the heart of the British government. The sentencing investigation criticized “leadership and crisis failures” and contained details of frantic overnight parties where staff vomited and even quarreled.

Senior civil servant Sue Gray was summoned to investigate the so-called “partygate” scandal following reports of law-breaking parties in Whitehall last December. A separate police investigation into the incident resulted in Johnson being fined in April, despite his earlier insistence that no party had taken place.

But Gray’s report confirmed that lockdown rules had been violated by 83 people at a series of rallies, blaming senior leaders for the failures. “Many of these events should not have been allowed to happen,” the report said. “It is also the case that some of the most junior civil servants believed that their involvement in some of these events was allowed due to the presence of senior leaders. “Senior leadership at the center, both political and official, must take responsibility for this culture.”

The civil servant investigation also revealed a culture of serious alcohol consumption flowing down Downing Street. In one of the provocative events, Gray notes that “one person was ill” and “there was a small altercation between two other people.” The security logs in the report also show that the staff had a party until 4 p.m. after drinks for the communications manager and instructions were sent to an internal messaging system asking drunken staff to leave No. 10 at the back exit to avoid the photo from the press. . A cleaner also found red wine spilled on a wall and office supplies after one of the explosions. And Johnson’s chief secretary, Martin Reynolds, boasted in a message that the staff had “escaped” by breaking the lockdown rules.

“I have learned many examples of disrespect and mistreatment of security and cleanliness staff,” says Gray. “That was unacceptable.” He continued: “Many will be disappointed that this kind of behavior took place on such a scale in the heart of the government. “The public has a right to expect the highest standards of conduct in such places and it is clear that what happened was much lower than that.”

Speaking in the House of Commons on Wednesday, Johnson said he was “taking full responsibility for everything that happened under my supervision”, before insisting that he was “as surprised and disappointed as anyone else in this House as the revelations unfold”. Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer called No. 10 “one of the great symbols of our democracy”, adding: “When our leaders are left behind, this House must act.”

Johnson will face renewed pressure in light of the report after months of surviving one horrific partygate revelation after another. The initial publication of Gray’s full report was delayed in January after the Metropolitan Police launched their own investigation, which fined Johnson for violating his rules. Even Gray’s preliminary 12 pages noted “leadership and crisis failures” in Whitehall.

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