Boris Johnson had a ‘secret’ meeting with Sue Gray Partygate

The Prime Minister has come under renewed pressure from Labor to declare a “secret meeting” with the senior official

It has been revealed that the Prime Minister recently had a meeting with the senior official over the long-awaited report – although accounts of what the pair discussed differ.

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Boris Johnson reportedly met with Sue Gray to discuss her Partygate report (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

However, revelations about what the opposition has branded a “secret meeting” have brought focus back to Boris Johnson, with Labor warning that the revelations could undermine public confidence in the report.

What do we know about Boris Johnson meeting Sue Gray?

While multiple reports revealed this morning (Saturday, May 21) that a meeting took place between Boris Johnson and Sue Gray and that the meeting was about their Partygate report, accounts of what the pair discussed have differed.

The full Sue Gray report is due out next week.

After the Met Police complete their investigation, Sue Gray will release her Partygate report (Image: Getty Images)

The Prime Minister reportedly told Ms Gray, who had requested the meeting, that the decision was hers, the BBC source said.

The news organization said it had been told the Prime Minister wanted to release as much information as possible so he could get past Partygate and had therefore not pressured Ms Gray to drop or amend her report.

What was the reaction to PM meeting Sue Gray?

The revelations that Boris Johnson and Sue Gray met to discuss the report were met with surprise as the investigation has been repeatedly described as an independent process.

A spokesman for 10 Downing Street insisted this was still the case, saying: “The Prime Minister commissioned the inquiry led by Sue Gray and has been clear throughout that it should be fully independent.

“As he repeated again [on Friday]the decision on what to release and when is entirely up to the investigative team and they will respond in Parliament once it is finalized.”

On Friday (May 20), Mr Johnson declined to apologize for the rule-breaking in No 10, adding that the question of whether names would be included in the report was “Sue Gray’s sole business”.

Both Labor and the Lib Dems have warned the ‘secret meeting’ could undermine public confidence in Sue Gray’s report (Image: Getty Images)

Labor has reacted furiously to the leaked reports of the tête-à-tête, urging Mr Johnson to “explain urgently” what it describes as a “secret meeting”.

“Public confidence in the process has already been exhausted and people deserve to know the truth,” said Labor Deputy Leader Angela Rayner.

“This is a Prime Minister unable to take responsibility for the rotten culture he created at Downing Street or do the decent thing.

“The Sue Gray report must be released in its entirety and with all supporting evidence.”

The Liberal Democrats have also called for an explanation for the Johnson-Gray meeting, warning: “Any hint of sting would absolutely mock the report.”

“Most of the country already feels betrayed by Boris Johnson. He has eroded public confidence, and the public deserves a process that is fully transparent and unquestionable,” said Lib Dem Treasury spokeswoman Christine Jardine.

“It is a sad state of affairs that Boris Johnson and his government are in such a crisis, he should do the right thing and resign unless Conservative MPs sack him.” Boris Johnson had a ‘secret’ meeting with Sue Gray Partygate


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