Reports this evening suggest that the Sue Gray report into lockdown parties in Downing Street and Whitehall could be published tomorrow
Earlier today police announced that they will be investigating “a number” of incidences over the last two years in Downing Street and Whitehall, Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick has said
It was thought that the report may be delayed while police investigate but Downing Street has said discussions are still ongoing between the officials involved with the investigation by the senior civil servant and the Metropolitan Police with the latter appearing to have no objection to publication
In another day dominated by events in Downinbg Street, appearing before the London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, Cressida Dick said that the criteria for investigating past breaches of COVID rules has been met thanks to information provided by the Cabinet Office along with the force’s own officers.
Dame Cressida said that she cannot give any timescale for when the investigation will finish and neither will the force be giving a “running commentary” but will update the public at “significant moments”.
She added that her force polices “without fear of power” and “impartially”, but she does understand “there is deep public concern about the allegations”.
The “vast majority of people have acted responsibility” and have “suffered considerable loss during the pandemic”, she said.