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Sue Gray’s updated report on the anti-lockdown parties has arrived in Downing Street, a Number 10 source has said.

However, there appears to be some confusion with others around the Prime Minister suggesting he has not yet been received and the Cabinet Office saying he has not yet officially published the report.

The output of senior official’s full report had been delayed until the Metropolitan Police had completed their investigation into covid rule-breaking events at the heart of government – named Operation Hillman.

the conclusion of separate Met investigation saw a total of 83 people receive at least one Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) each, for attending meetings over eight dates.

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In total, the police issued a total of 126 tickets.

The Prime Minister has only been fined once, on his 56th birthday in June 2020, when indoor mixing was banned, along with his wife Carrie Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

Reports had suggested that the document would contain photographs of illegal assemblies. It is intended to include the names of rule breakers.

George Eustice, the environment secretary, told Sky News on Wednesday it was likely to be “quite critical”.

About 30 people, including Mr Johnson, have already been contacted by the Cabinet Office to warn them of the contents of the document.

While the Met Police investigation covered 12 events, Ms Gray’s investigation covered 16 which took place in 2020 and 2021, when COVID restrictions were in place.

They were:

  • 15 May 2020 – “A photograph showing a number of groups in the garden of 10 Downing Street.”
  • May 20, 2020: ‘A gathering in the garden of No 10 Downing Street for No 10 staff.’
  • June 18, 2020: ‘A rally at the Cabinet Office, 70 Whitehall over the departure of a No 10 Private Secretary.’
  • June 19, 2020: “A rally in the Cabinet Room at 10 Downing Street on the Prime Minister’s birthday.”
  • November 13, 2020: “A gathering in apartment number 10.”
  • November 13, 2020: “A rally at 10 Downing Street on the occasion of the departure of a special adviser.”
  • November 27, 2020: “A rally at 10 Downing Street on the occasion of the departure of a special adviser.”
  • December 10, 2020: “Rally at the Ministry of Education before the Christmas holidays.
  • December 15, 2020: “A gathering at 10 Downing Street for an online Christmas quiz.”
  • December 17, 2020: “A rally at the Cabinet Office, 70 Whitehall to hold an online Christmas quiz for the private office of the Cabinet Secretary.”
  • 17 December 2020: ‘A rally at the Cabinet Office, 70 Whitehall on the departure of a senior Cabinet Office official.’
  • December 17, 2020: “A rally at No 10 Downing Street on the occasion of the departure of an official from No 10.”
  • December 18, 2020: “A gathering at 10 Downing Street before the Christmas holidays.”
  • January 14, 2021: “A rally at No 10 Downing Street on the occasion of the departure of two No 10 Private Secretaries.”
  • April 16, 2021: “A rally at No 10 Downing Street on the occasion of the departure of the official No 10.”
  • April 16, 2021: “A rally at No 10 Downing Street as another No 10 official departs.”

A draft version of Ms Gray’s report, published earlier this year, criticized ‘failures of leadership and judgement’ at Downing Street and said certain events should not have ‘taken place’.

The force asked that only ‘minimal reference’ be made to the events under investigation when Ms Gray provided the 12-page ‘update’ to Parliament on January 31.

She explained at the time that the police investigation meant she was ‘extremely limited’ in what she could say and it was ‘not possible at this time to provide a meaningful report’ .

Read more:
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The Prime Minister will also be investigated by a House of Commons committee into allegations that he misled Parliament.

Meanwhile, controversy has swirled over a meeting between Ms Gray and the Prime Minister before the report was published in which, according to Sky News, Mr Johnson hinted she should consider dropping it .

Number 10 said the Prime Minister had not asked him to drop the report or not pursue the report.

It comes as new photos emerge from the events in Downing Street – raising questions about the Met’s decision-making in particular regarding a November 2020 departure, where the Prime Minister was pictured with a drink in hand, but for whom he was not fined although others did.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan wrote to the Met’s Acting Commissioner, Sir Stephen House, demanding a detailed explanation of the Met’s decision-making process.

Mr Eustice said there had in some cases been a ‘blurring of the lines’ between an ‘end of the working day’ event – and ‘what in some cases became parties’.

Reports suggest the Prime Minister will issue a further public apology following the release of Ms Gray’s report.

But Labour’s shadow financial secretary to the Treasury, James Murray, told Sky News: ‘I just don’t think he can say anything that will undo the damage he has done to the trust of the people British.”

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