The Prime Minister told Parliament in December last year that he had been “repeatedly assured that there was no party and that no Covid rules were broken”. Sue Gray’s report says that there were at least 15 social gatherings and that 12 of them, including one in the Prime Minister’s flat, are now being investigated by the police.
It was inaccurate, therefore, to tell the House of Commons that there was no party. As the Prime Minister attended at least two of these gatherings, probably more, it is disingenuous to rely on the “I was assured” defence.
Sue Gray’s report, even in its truncated form, is damning; concluding that the events represented a failure to observe “the highest standards expected of those working at the heart of government”, and that there were “failures of leadership and judgement [sic]”.
The Prime Minister accepted the resignation of Allegra Stratton for joking about a Christmas party that she hadn’t attended, but he won’t take responsibility for those that he did attend. I am sorry to say that it is hard to see how it can be the case that the Prime Minister told the truth.
4 February 2022 – Nick Gibb MP, Conservative MP since 1997, former Minister of State for Childcare, Education and School Reform and former Minister of State for School Standards