Internal investigator Sue Gray repeated her allegations that Downing Street had failed in leadership and judgment in her report released on Wednesday. Gray had investigated several Downing Street lockdown parties where corona rules had been broken.
“The events I studied were attended by government leaders,” Gray wrote. “Many of these events should not have been allowed.” Staff assumed they were allowed to attend, as leading politicians were present. The leadership must bear the responsibility, demanded Gray. The events fell far short of the expected standards. There was some “excessive alcohol consumption”. Many people are “dismayed” by the behavior at the heart of the government, the official wrote.
Johnson wanted to comment on the report in Parliament at noon. He will take “full responsibility for my mistakes,” reported the PA news agency without citing sources. He learned from his mistakes.
The police have now imposed a total of more than 120 penalties on dozens of participants, including Johnson in one case, for breaking the rules.