Partygate: Texts about alleged Carrie Johnson lockdown party expected to be used as evidence in inquiry into Boris Johnson

5/30/2022 2:57:00 PM

A minister has said it is 'not immediately obvious' an investigation is needed into allegations that Carrie Johnson held a lockdown party that was not part of the Sue Gray inquiry

A minister has said it is 'not immediately obvious' an investigation is needed into allegations that Carrie Johnson held a lockdown party that was not part of the Sue Gray inquiry

The event for the prime minister's birthday was flagged up by an aide, who said they were asked to organise it, but was not included in the Sue Gray inquiry. The Cabinet Office claims the aide was asked to provide all relevant information to officials but did not.

partygate Labour MP Chris Bryant, who is standing aside as chair of the privileges committee for the inquiry as he has been highly critical over partygate, said:"I'm sure the committee will want to follow the evidence wherever it may lead.Carrie Johnson may have hosted another event for the prime minister during lockdown.Carrie Johnson may have hosted another event for the prime minister during lockdown.Monday May 30 2022, 11.

" Mr and Mrs Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak were fined for attending an earlier gathering for the prime minister's birthday in the Cabinet room.Image: Boris and Carrie Johnson live in No 11 Downing Street but his office is in No 10.Photograph: Michael Mayhew/Allstar Sun 29 May 2022 15.Pic: Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street Chris Philp, the technology and digital economy minister, told Sky News' Kay Burley it was"not immediately obvious" an investigation is needed into the allegations as the Met Police and Sue Gray inquiry have been"unbelievably comprehensive".48 BST Sue Gray knew about text messages suggesting the prime minister’s wife, Carrie Johnson , could have hosted another gathering in her Downing Street flat during lockdown, Johnson’s spokesperson has claimed.He said:"Having had two separate investigations, including by the police, over many months it's not immediately obvious to me that we need any more investigations when this has probably, rightly, been the most thoroughly investigated set of incidents in recent times.The official Whitehall report into Partygate made no mention of the event, which took place on Boris Johnson’s birthday, 19 June 2020." Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 2:11 Minister questioned over new partygate claims Gray inquiry knew about the texts Ms Gray was informed of the messages in January by the aide but they did not want to forward the messages.Chris Philp, a junior culture minister, told Sky News he did not believe there was any need for further scrutiny.

They said they would show them to inquiry officials in person and agreed to supply them to the Met Police.Labour have said the revelation “looks like yet another cover up” that “casts further doubt on the integrity of the investigation”.Labour have said the revelation “looks like yet another cover up” that “casts further doubt on the integrity of the investigation”.The aide claims the Gray investigation team failed to follow up on the offer and once the Met's investigation concluded two weeks ago, they offered the messages to the Gray team but nothing happened.But the Cabinet Office said the aide did not offer to bring the messages to them and despite being asked to provide all relevant information to the Gray inquiry, they did not.The aide was said to have not wanted to forward the messages exchanged with Carrie Johnson to Gray’s team, but offered in January to come into the Cabinet Office to show investigators in-person and again after the Metropolitan police closed its own investigation.Read more: Drip feed of no confidence letters in PM as pressure grows after Sue Gray report Ms Gray's team did provide the email exchange with the aide on the issue to Met detectives, the Cabinet Office said.At the time of the gathering, indoor socialising was banned.They added that the aide only offered to share the texts when they were just about to publish the Sue Gray investigation last week but did take into account the aide's comments, made after the Met report concluded, that they were asked to organise the flat party.An exemption to meeting was made where the gathering was “reasonably necessary … for work purposes”.

Another party on 13 November 2020 involving Mrs Johnson in the No 11 flat, where ABBA songs were allegedly played, was not included in the Gray inquiry and nobody was fined for it by the Met.Related Topics.They added: “Staff were given ample opportunity to present evidence including these messages and all relevant information was passed to the Metropolitan police for investigation.They added: “Staff were given ample opportunity to present evidence including these messages and all relevant information was passed to the Metropolitan police for investigation.

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Remainer MP's at it again. That's it. I've had enough. I'm blocking you. Any news on beergate or have DurhamPolice been nobbled? Will the privilege committee be having the texts/calls from starmer on the curry night? Tory MP’s must make it clear to him his rule changes to protect himself from corruption and lies to the House of Parliament must be reversed

Ms Symonds as she was during the strict lockdown parties is not answerable to MPs she was merely the PM's inamorata not an employee These parties are criminal matters to be investigated by Met police It was a job interview with karaoke No wonder the PM always looked like he'd been dragged through a hedge backwards he was clearly still hammered... Makes sense now, the bloke didn't no what was going on half the time!

Well then, it can be a police inquiry straight out of the 'I didn't understand the rules' book. I guess turning over to ask and seeing Bojo is pretty scary. Would that be the same Minister who said all the rules were followed at parties which didn't take place where vomit and wine presumably spilled itself? Or maybe it was the same Minister who claimed people were only poor because they didn't buy value brand gruel?

Dear God Almighty, are the media still banging on about this. They've all completely lost the plot.

Sue Gray knew of texts suggesting Carrie Johnson hosted party, aide claimsThe event, which took place on PM’s birthday, is not mentioned in the official Whitehall Partygate report ?ex-aide? Give it a fkin rest...You are becoming obsessed as much as that Brand (soon to be ex-itv) bloke. the ship has gone, and you failed. We are not going to rejoin the EU, and your actions will be judged in the not to distant future. We know who you are We see that you are doing

Partgate is over and done with. O she is not political and another witch hunt 😡😡😡😡

Sue Gray knew of texts suggesting Carrie Johnson hosted party, aide claimsThe event, which took place on PM’s birthday, is not mentioned in the official Whitehall Partygate report Where is a Carrie? She needs to be answering stuff like this. Does Zac know where she is? Boris? Given Carrie isn’t a no10 employee I would guess she didn’t investigate it as not in her remit under ToR

Minister rules out inquiry into claims Carrie Johnson held second party in No 10The government has ruled out a further inquiry into claims of an illegal gathering in the prime minister’s flat during lockdown.Labour had called for an investi Of course it has… We all know it happened, that they partied while people were dying alone. NotMovingOn Of course they did.

Partygate: 'Not immediately obvious' investigation needed into alleged Carrie Johnson Downing Street lockdown party, minister saysThe event for the prime minister's birthday was flagged up by an aide, who said they were asked to organise it, but was not included in the Sue Gray inquiry. The Cabinet Office claims the aide was asked to provide all relevant information to officials but did not. Obviously it wasn’t looked into thoroughly as some gatherings were hidden I'm sure Sue Gray had a lot of pressure put onto her. People want to keep their jobs. That’s OK. Just another nail in the Tory’s ability to win another election. The Government is completely miss judging the country’s anger and ability to see what the government is up to: u-turns and ridiculous policies none of which address the actual crisis the country’s in.

Boris Johnson and wife Carrie hold private christening for daughterBoris Johnson and his wife Carrie had their daughter Romy christened at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday. The five-month-old was baptised in a private ceremony. Next.. WGAF? If they are part of the Christian community then that’s a good reason for me not to be.

Partygate: 'Not immediately obvious' investigation needed into alleged Carrie Johnson Downing Street lockdown party, minister saysThe event for the prime minister's birthday was flagged up by an aide, who said they were asked to organise it, but was not included in the Sue Gray inquiry. The Cabinet Office claims the aide was asked to provide all relevant information to officials but did not. Obviously it wasn’t looked into thoroughly as some gatherings were hidden I'm sure Sue Gray had a lot of pressure put onto her. People want to keep their jobs. That’s OK. Just another nail in the Tory’s ability to win another election. The Government is completely miss judging the country’s anger and ability to see what the government is up to: u-turns and ridiculous policies none of which address the actual crisis the country’s in.