Today it became preliminary report about the party scandals at Downing Street published. The report states that several of the meetings are “difficult to justify” and points to a failure in the management at the Prime Minister’s office.
– Some of the gatherings represent a serious failure in what was expected of the government and of the British people at the time the parties took place.
Johnson is now accused of failing judgment and leadership.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will explain the content of the report for the House of Commons at 16.30 Norwegian time, and was pictured in the 16-drag on the way out of 10 Downing Street in the direction of the parliament.
The report was prepared by official Sue Gray and examines alleged parties and gatherings in Downing Street in 2020 and 2021 when strict corona rules placed great restrictions on social gatherings in England.
It was expected that the report would be published last week, but when the London police announced that they would investigate several of the alleged parties, the publication was postponed.
Police have also asked Sue Gray to include minimal information about the current incidents that are under police investigation.
Gray writes that the police investigation means that she is “extremely limited” in what she can say about the events being investigated by the Metropolitan police, and that this is not the complete report.
In total, she has investigated 16 gatherings, and only four of them are not investigated by the police.
In the report, Gray writes that it seems that those who work in Downing Street did not think about how the pandemic affected people around the country.
– Little consideration was given to what happened around the country when assessing whether these gatherings were appropriate, what risks they represented for public health and how this would affect the public.
Furthermore, she writes that several of the gatherings should not have been allowed, and that other gatherings should not have been allowed to develop in the way they did.
Initially, the investigation report was about two alleged parties in the run-up to December 2020, but has since been expanded as there has been information about more parties and gatherings.
The most talked about parties took place in May 2020 and April 2021.
On May 20, 2020, invitations were sent to about 100 employees for a gathering in the garden in Downing Street, where people were asked to “bring your own booze”. Prime Minister Johnson has admitted to having been present at this, but claims he thought it was a job event.
Two other parties that have shaken the British took place the night before Prince Philips’ funeral.