Images of Boris Johnson with a beer in his hand have emerged in Sue Gray’s damning report of Downing Street events throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sue Gray’s report into Downing Street events included 9 images from two of the investigated occasions – one on 19 June 2020, and one other on 13 November 2020.
Mr Johnson is pictured in attendance at each, whereas Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Cabinet Secretary Simon Case are noticed on the first – on the prime minister’s birthday.
The 37-page report was offered to the prime minister on Wednesday morning, with Mr Johnson anticipated to make an announcement to the Commons later this afternoon.
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Pictures from 19 June 2020
In the report, Ms Gray acknowledged that “the senior leadership at the centre, both political and official, must bear responsibility for this culture”.
Images included within the put up reveal Mr Johnson at gatherings holding up a beer and plastic cups in Downing Street.
One image from 19 June 2020 reveals the prime minister wanting merry as he lifts up a can of beer on his birthday within the Cabinet Room in Number 10, whereas one other reveals him consuming from a field of meals.
Other photographs revealed within the report present him holding up a plastic cup stuffed with what seems to be alcohol on 13 November 2020 for a gathering in Number 10 on the departure of a particular adviser.
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Pictures from 13 November 2020
Ms Gray criticised the truth that some occasions solely grew to become recognized to her inquiry due to reviews within the media.
“I am very grateful to those who sought to provide as much information as possible in what I realise may have been a daunting experience given the public profile of this investigation,” her report says.
“It was also unfortunately the case that details of some events only became known to me and my team through reporting in the media.
“This is disappointing. Given the piecemeal method during which occasions have been dropped at my consideration, it’s potential that occasions happened which weren’t the topic of investigation.”
She additionally referred to an occasion held on 18 June in her report – understood to be a gathering within the Cabinet Office to mark the departure of a Number 10 personal secretary – and described an extreme quantity of alcohol being consumed.
Ms Gray additionally justified her determination to call senior figures on account of “their wider responsibility for the leadership and culture of the departments”.