A minister has stated it’s “not immediately obvious” an investigation is required into allegations that Carrie Johnson held a lockdown occasion that was not a part of the Sue Gray inquiry.
Chris Philp, the expertise and digital economic system minister, informed Sky News’ Kay Burley that there was an “unbelievably comprehensive set of investigations” over the previous six months into events that breached COVID rules.
He stated: “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.”
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Mr Philp added that he had “no inside knowledge” of the alleged occasion and until there may be “something really striking that hasn’t been known about previously” he doesn’t assume it needs to be investigated as a result of each inquiries had been “incredibly thorough”.
Over the weekend, The Sunday Times revealed that Cabinet Secretary Simon Case was informed of beforehand unseen messages suggesting the prime minister’s spouse held a gathering within the No 11 flat, the place the Johnsons stay, with buddies for her husband’s 56th birthday on 19 June 2020.
Boris Johnson is known to have additionally been within the flat. At the time, two or extra individuals had been banned from being indoors apart from work functions.
The occasion has not beforehand been made public and was not a part of the printed Sue Gray investigation.
Mr and Mrs Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak had been fined for attending an earlier gathering for the prime minister’s birthday within the Cabinet room.
Messages flagged as much as Mr Case allegedly present a Downing Street aide informed Mrs Johnson her husband was on the way in which as much as the flat for his birthday, together with her replying she was already there with some male buddies.
Ms Gray was knowledgeable of the messages in January by the aide however they didn’t wish to ahead the messages. They stated they’d present them to inquiry officers in individual and agreed to provide them to the Met Police.
The aide claims the Gray investigation group didn’t comply with up on the provide and as soon as the Met’s investigation concluded two weeks in the past, they provided the messages to the Gray group however nothing occurred.
But the Cabinet Office stated the aide didn’t provide to carry the messages to them and regardless of being requested to offer all related info to the Gray inquiry, they didn’t.
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Ms Gray’s group did present the e-mail change with the aide on the problem to Met detectives, the Cabinet Office stated.
They added that the aide solely provided to share the texts once they had been nearly to publish the Sue Gray investigation final week however did have in mind the aide’s feedback, made after the Met report concluded, that they had been requested to organise the flat occasion.
Mrs Johnson might now be summoned to look earlier than MPs on parliament’s privileges committee, which is investigating whether or not the PM knowingly misled the Commons by repeatedly denying any events had taken place, The Telegraph stories.
Another occasion on 13 November 2020 involving Mrs Johnson within the No 11 flat, the place ABBA songs had been allegedly performed, was not included within the Gray inquiry and no person was fined for it by the Met.