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 British public are furious about reports of boozy summer garden evenings, Christmas parties and a birthday party or two for him at his Downing Street office and residence

Boris Johnson will face more questions about No 10 parties from MPs later, when the findings of an internal investigation into alleged lockdown violations are revealed. The highly awaited report, written by senior official Sue Gray, is said to be nearly finished and might be released as early as Wednesday. However, it is unlikely to be announced before Prime Minister’s Questions at noon. The announcement comes after the Metropolitan Police Service announced its own probe on Tuesday.

Since 2020, Commissioner Cressida Dick said the force has been investigating possible violations of Covid legislation at a number of events held in government buildings. After weeks of news about parties in Downing Street when laws prohibiting social mingling were in place, the police investigation adds to the pressure on the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister has apologized for going to a “bring your own booze” gathering on May 20, 2020, during the first lockdown, claiming it was a “business event.” There have also been new reports of a birthday party for the prime minister in June 2020.

Pressure on Boris Johnson as Gray inquiry concludes

Some Conservative MPs have openly called for Mr Johnson’s resignation in the wake of the party’s charges, while ministers have urged others to wait for Ms Gray’s conclusions. Many Conservatives are awaiting her findings before deciding whether or not to write letters of no confidence in Mr Johnson, which may lead to a leadership race. To call a vote of confidence in the prime minister, at least 54 people must write to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee.

Speaking to BBC Newsnight, Leader of the Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg said: “The government will behave entirely properly in terms of any statement, and the usual courtesies are extended to the opposition.”

He said the cabinet was in “unanimous support” of the prime minister, because “anyone who did not support the prime minister would be obligated to resign”.

Labour has urged the government to give MPs plenty of time to read the report before making any statements, with copies sent well ahead of time. Shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry, speaking to BBC Newsnight, claimed the prime minister’s stance toward charges made by parties during the lockdown had damaged his authority.

Boris Johnson “knew all along that he had been involved in many, many parties,” Ms Thornberry claimed, and had “covered up and kept covering up.” She went on to say that “he doesn’t have the authority to lead” on topics like the rising cost of living and Russian threats towards Ukraine.

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