Delay in lockdown parties probe ‘could benefit Johnson’

Delay in lockdown parties probe ‘could benefit Johnson’

2022-01-28 02:30:00 PM

Delay in lockdown parties probe ‘could benefit Johnson’

A delay buys the UK PM more time to attempt to talk round potential rebels and persuade them not to mount a leadership challenge

Emily AshtonUK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Picture: BLOOMBERGA UK government probe into alleged rule-breaking parties in Boris Johnson’s office during the pandemic could be stripped of key details at the request of the police, potentially handing the prime minister a boost as he tries to persuade his Conservatives not to mount a leadership challenge.

Facing a major public backlash, Johnson commissioned the civil service to look into reports he and his staff broke coronavirus lockdown rules with various events in Downing Street. The report, by senior civil servant Sue Gray, was expected to be published this week.

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