Boris ‘thinks he can get away with it’: Prime Minister is ‘reassured’ his job is safe over Partygate, report says

Boris Johnson would be sure he won’t be thrown out by his MPs as Tory leader when Sue Gray releases her report on ‘Partygate’.

The prime minister faces the threat of a coup after allegations of ignoring the No. 10 lockdown have fueled unrest in government benches.

On Sunday, it emerged that Ms Gray was said to have been told of a “victory party” being held by friends of Mr Johnson’s wife, Carrie, to mark the resignation of Dominic Cummings.

And to make matters worse for the prime minister, a former No. 10 official has revealed that Mr Johnson has vetoed plans to allow bereaved families to set up calls to their close relatives when restrictions were imposed last years began to ease.

But despite a long list of alleged No10 parties and a police investigation, sources told the Mirror the prime minister is “privately assured” that he will not be forced out of the country when Mrs Gray’s report is released later this week.

Boris Johnson would be sure he won't be thrown out by his MPs as Tory leader when Sue Gray releases her report on 'Partygate'

Boris Johnson would be sure he won’t be thrown out by his MPs as Tory leader when Sue Gray releases her report on ‘Partygate’

On Sunday, it emerged that Sue Gray (pictured) was allegedly told about a

On Sunday, it emerged that Sue Gray (pictured) was allegedly told about a “victory party” being held by friends of Mr Johnson’s wife, Carrie, to mark the firing of Dominic Cummings.

The long-awaited report from the top official in up to 18 parties is expected to be submitted to the prime minister within days.

But it has emerged that No10 personnel who have broken lockdown laws by attending parties should never be named under the terms of the police investigation, The Times reported.

The staff are unlikely to be publicly identified if they accept a fine and do not contest the violation in court. Under the direction of the police, individuals are only named if they are charged and expected to appear in court.

Nikka da Costa, Boris Johnson's former director of legislative affairs

Nikka da Costa, Boris Johnson’s former director of legislative affairs

It comes as Nikka da Costa, Mr Johnson’s former director of legislative affairs, wrote in The Times that the prime minister had shot down plans to allow bereaved families to set up bubbles with their close relatives when lockdown restrictions were lifted. last year began to relax over fears it would ‘send the wrong message to the public’.

Costa said the veto came just weeks before Downing Street staff held two booze-filled farewell parties the night before the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

The former No10 official said she was “upset” when she heard allies from Mr Johnson to “gain a sense of proportion” in response to allegations from No10 parties.

“If we in No 10 could be so hard-hearted because we thought it was the right thing to do, then those involved in these kinds of decisions also owed the country an obligation to be just as hard on themselves and their own behaviour,” said Costa. wrote.

She added: ‘If No 10 collectively failed, as it seems clear, it must be recognized as a failure of and by those at the top.’

It comes as the Mail on Sunday learned that as part of its investigation into socializing in Mr Johnson’s No. 10 flat, Mrs Gray was told of a ‘victory party’ being held by friends of Carrie’s.

The bash is said to have taken place on the night of November 13, 2020, after Dominic Cummings left with his belongings in a box.

He is said to have lost a power struggle with then Mrs. Symonds and other advisers.

“There was the sound of a lot of banging and dancing and drinking, and some Abba songs, including a triumphant Winner Takes It All,” a source said.

A spokesperson for Ms Johnson said: “It is totally untrue to suggest that Ms Johnson held a party at the flat in Downing Street on November 13, 2020.”

In the latest twist of the lockdown party drama that enveloped Westminster, it emerged that Miss Gray's inquiry had been told about alleged messages from Carrie Johnson offering to organize a cake for the Prime Minister's 56th birthday party in June 2020

In the latest twist of the lockdown party drama that enveloped Westminster, it emerged that Miss Gray’s inquiry had been told about alleged messages from Carrie Johnson offering to organize a cake for the Prime Minister’s 56th birthday party in June 2020

METROPOLITAN POLICE SAY ‘MINIMUM REFERENCE’ WILL BE MADE TO NO 10 EVENTS IN SUE GRAY REPORT

Commander Catherine Roper, who heads the Met’s Central Specialist Crime Command, said: “My officers will now examine this material in detail to determine whether individuals who attended the events in question may have violated regulations. They will do this without fear or favor according to our normal processes.

“In order to protect the integrity of the police investigation, as appropriate in any case, and to be as fair as possible to those subject to it, the Met has requested that minimal reference in the Cabinet Office report to the relevant events.

“This is only necessary until these cases are finalised, and is intended to give detectives the most reliable picture possible of what happened in these events. We intend to complete our investigations promptly, fairly and proportionately.

“We have not delayed this report and the timing of its publication is a matter for the Cabinet Office investigation team.

‘The offenses under investigation, if proven, would normally lead to the issuance of a lump sum fine; accordingly, our investigative actions will be commensurate with the nature of these offences.

“Individuals identified as potentially violating these regulations will normally be contacted in writing and invited to explain their actions, including whether they believe they had a reasonable excuse.

“After this trial, and if there is sufficient evidence that individuals have violated regulations without a reasonable excuse, officers will decide whether enforcement action is appropriate. If it is decided to take enforcement action, a notification is sent to the ACRO Criminal Register, which issues the fine decision. Recipients can pay the lump sum fine and the case is considered closed.

If a recipient disputes the notice of a fixed fine, the case will be referred back to the Met, where officers will consider whether to take the case to a magistrates’ court.

“As the Commissioner said, we will not provide ongoing commentary, but we will continue to update when significant progress has been made in the investigation process.”

The Metropolitan Police could now investigate the party as part of its investigation and ask Ms Johnson to provide documentary evidence.

Meanwhile, it is alleged that a tipsy Downing Street employee bragged to No. 10’s guards after leaving behind a supposed lockdown-breaking drink.

According to The Sun, the assistant security guards said that “we are the only ones allowed to party” to officers when a group of people left No. 10 in the early morning hours.

A witness reported the hostage situation to Mrs Gray’s investigation.

Last week, Metropolitan Police Chief Dame Cressida Dick announced that officers have launched a criminal investigation after reviewing a file of evidence compiled by Ms Gray.

The police investigation will reportedly focus on eight of the 17 parties watched by Ms Gray.

The force then clarified that it was looking at potential Covid violations that are dealt with by time-limited fines.

MPs have urged Miss Gray to immediately release an uncensored version of her report after Scotland Yard admitted it had asked Whitehall’s Ethics Czar to water down her document as police conduct a criminal investigation that may not end. months is completed.

The highly controversial move led Cressida Dick, head of the Metropolitan Police, to be charged with ‘abuse of power’ by ‘interfering’ in the investigation and demanding that Miss Gray remove key details central to the ‘parties’ feud at No10.

It is clear that the senior official will provide Mr. Johnson with an edited version of her report within days, rather than waiting for the Met’s investigation to end.

But Conservative MPs are now urging Miss Gray to make her report fully public, in an effort to ‘put an end to this madness’.

Meanwhile, Labor called on Mr Johnson to finally ‘end the circus’ over the party gate.

Shadow Minister Lisa Nandy told The Mirror: “There are many survivors, there are many people who have made huge sacrifices who deserve to hear the truth from the Prime Minister.

“If he doesn’t end this circus, then that report has to come out in its entirety, so people can judge for themselves.”

Meanwhile, speculation mounted about an anticipated leadership contest to replace Mr Johnson, should he be impeached.

Yesterday Tom Tugendhat became the first Conservative MP to declare his intention to participate in a leadership contest.

When asked in a Times Radio interview aired today whether he would like to become Prime Minister, the Tonbridge & Malling MP said: ‘It would be an enormous privilege.’

He added: “It’s up to all of us to push forward. And it is up to the voters, in the first case parliamentary colleagues, and in the second the party, to choose.’

The former soldier added: “There is currently no vacancy,” insisting he had not sought support.

Jeremy Hunt, the former secretary of state who came second to Mr Johnson in the 2019 leadership contest, recently said his ambition to become leader had not “disappeared completely”.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss are expected to lead the way in a competition, with other potential contenders including Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, Home Secretary Priti Patel, Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi and former Defense Secretary Penny mordaunt.

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