Partygate: Drunken fights and vomiting - but the Sue Gray report was a relief for Boris Johnson

The Sue Gray inquiry into lockdown-breaking parties in Downing Street and Whitehall was a damning account of Boris Johnson, his staff and civil servants - but there was no smoking gun against the prime minister himself.

5/26/2022 12:51:00 AM

'What Prime Minister would want to try and handle that?' Sky's Political Editor BethRigby. says that Boris Johnson might have 'an even bigger challenge' on his plate than the fall out from the Sue Gray report as the cost of living crisis rumbles on.

The Sue Gray inquiry into lockdown-breaking parties in Downing Street and Whitehall was a damning account of Boris Johnson, his staff and civil servants - but there was no smoking gun against the prime minister himself.

She went on to say:"The senior leadership at the centre, both political and official must bear responsibility for this culture."To that end, the prime minister has cleared the decks of his top team, with his chief of staff, his director of communications, his principal private secretaries and the two deputies departed. But the two most senior heads - his and the head of the civil service Simon Case - have not rolled.

Because, whatever the culture or leadership failures, or Met fines, for Mr Johnson this whole sorry saga has really been about whether it was survivable for him.Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player0:52PM: 'I simply wasn't there'

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Rigby is an expert at breaking Covid rules and carrying on in her job so shouldn’t come as a surprise that the whole thing has been a complete waste of time and money! BethRigby Duh 🙄 BethRigby BethRigby BethRigby Can it be that Beth is a bit pissed off because someone had the balls to tell her to shut up!

BethRigby Tory MPs in a moral vacuum wondering whether to back Johnson or lose their seats at the next election BethRigby You are watching an active attempt by a once neutral mainstream media to unseat a government.

Politics live: Boris Johnson braced for Sue Gray report - with news conference likely.KayBurley: 'The police did issue fines for people that were at the event on 13 November and the PM was there.' Environment Sec George Eustice reiterates that the police looked at the event and chose not to issue the PM with a fine. Latest: 📺 Sky 501 KayBurley Not one shred of integrity left. They go out on national TV and embarrass themselves time after time after time. How on earth do these people look their own children in the eye? How do they sleep at night? And for what? It's absolutely beyond me. They are busy lurching from one self inflicted crisis to the next Because it’s prudent to wait until you know the full facts before jumping in with the first solution decided on a fag packet.

Politics live: Damning Sue Gray report published; Boris Johnson to give news conferencePolitics Hub brings you the latest political news, insight and analysis from the Sky News team in Westminster. Sue Gray report into lockdown parties in Downing Street published - Boris Johnson is expected to give a news conference. Will anybody resign? Waiting boris

Sue Gray Report: Boris Johnson Might Have 'Got Away With It', But What Happens Next?The prime minister looks to have survived the day, but the privileges committee and the public will soon also deliver a verdict.

Boris to hold press conference TODAY over damning Sue Gray Partygate reportBORIS Johnson will say sorry to the nation over Partygate in a grovelling No10 press conference this afternoon. The PM has a punishing day of awkward questions over the Sue Gray report into Downing…

Who is Sue Gray, the civil servant with Boris Johnson’s career in her hands?Boris Johnson certainly can’t expect a soft ride from the civil servant in charge of the “Partygate” inquiry They met last week to decide what to put into the report. 😆

Vomiting and partying until 4am: Sue Gray delivers damning verdict on Boris Johnson’s No 10Security logs also revealed spilled wine over the walls and drunken staff told to leave by the back entrance Surely BorisJohnson should go Conservatives ? This is not acceptable While the Queen sat alone. LoL The latest press release from the Labour Party

partygate She went on to say:"The senior leadership at the centre, both political and official must bear responsibility for this culture." To that end, the prime minister has cleared the decks of his top team, with his chief of staff, his director of communications, his principal private secretaries and the two deputies departed. But the two most senior heads - his and the head of the civil service Simon Case - have not rolled. Because, whatever the culture or leadership failures, or Met fines, for Mr Johnson this whole sorry saga has really been about whether it was survivable for him. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 0:52 PM: 'I simply wasn't there' At points earlier in the year, he clearly worried that it was not. Today he had the air of a politician who is most definitely surviving as he bounced through his triumvirate of apologies - parliament, the news conference and then MPs - with a key message in mind: I'm sorry but it's time to move on. He undoubtedly thought he'd got through it. One of his detractors told me that in the meeting with backbenchers tonight the PM seemed to suggest that he has to appear contrite because people are upset, but in reality, he has been proved - by the police and Sue Gray - of not doing much wrong and soon he will be able to return to his old ebullient self. That approach has not impressed some. The attacks may not have been plentiful on Wednesday - Tobias Ellwood called on him to go and was heckled by colleagues for it - but neither were the voices of support, with just 16 MPs speaking - and not all entirely favourably - in the chamber. There have been other voices of dissent. Julian Sturdy became the 16th Conservative MP to say the PM should resign. Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross said the PM should stand down when the war in Ukraine ends. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 7:35 Partygate report released in full Stephen Hammond, a former minister, told me on Wednesday he couldn't"defend the indefensible" and was struck by"a number of colleagues who were really concerned that it's almost impossible for the PM to say I want to move on, and yet we haven't regained the public trust. I'm not sure we can". "We haven't regained the public trust. I am not sure we can. A lot of colleagues today are perhaps realising that unless something happens, we might not be able to win the next general election." When I asked Mr Hammond whether the PM should resign he didn't quite say yes:"I think the PM doesn't enjoy the trust of the British people and I think he needs to reflect on that very carefully." That's the acid test really. The PM can survive, but can he really thrive in No 10 if he has lost the confidence of the public and many of his MPs? A snap YouGov poll on Wednesday found three out of five Britons think the PM should resign in light of the report, and 74% think the PM knowingly lied about breaking lockdown rules, including a majority of Tory voters. Follow the Daily podcast on