Images of Boris Johnson with a beer in hand have appeared in Sue Gray’s damning report on Downing Street parties during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sue Gray’s report on Downing Street parties included nine photographs of two of the events studied – one on June 19, 2020 and another on November 13, 2020.
Mr Johnson is pictured in the presence of both, while Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Cabinet Secretary Simon Case are spotted at the premier – on the Prime Minister’s birthday.
The 37-page report was presented to the Prime Minister on Wednesday morning, and Mr Johnson is expected to make a statement in the Commons later in the afternoon.
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Pictures from June 19, 2020
In the report, Ms Gray said that “the centre’s senior leaders, both political and official, must take responsibility for this culture”.
Images included in the post show Mr Johnson at rallies holding beer and plastic cups in Downing Street.
A photo from June 19, 2020 shows the Prime Minister looking cheerful as he raises a can of beer on his birthday in the Cabinet Room at Number 10, while another shows him eating in a food box.
Other photos published in the report show him holding up a plastic cup filled with what appears to be alcohol on November 13, 2020 for a rally at number 10 to mark the departure of a special adviser.
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Pictures from November 13, 2020
Ms Gray criticized the fact that certain events only became known to her investigation due to media reports.
“I am very grateful to those who have sought to provide as much information as possible about what I realize may have been a daunting experience given the public profile of this investigation,” its report read.
“It is also unfortunately the case that the details of certain events only became known to me and my team through media reports.
“It is disappointing. Given the piecemeal manner in which events have been brought to my attention, it is possible that events have occurred that have not been investigated.”
She also referred to an event on June 18 in her report – understood to be a Cabinet Office rally to mark the departure of a private secretary from Number 10 – and described an excessive amount of alcohol consumed.
Ms Gray also justified her decision to appoint senior figures because of “their broader responsibility for departmental leadership and culture”.
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