Boris Johnson could attempt a bit of “jiggery pokery” as he could publish the Sue Gray report just before Prime Minister’s Questions to avoid being questioned by other MPs in the Commons.
The chairman of the Committee on Standards of Public life, Chris Bryant believes that the Prime Minister is likely intending to “manipulate Parliament” once the Gray report is given to No.10.
Bryant was asked over any possible delays to the report being published, he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, “I have a suspicion that may be that Sue Gray noted that the Prime Minister was intending to do a bit of jiggery-pokery by publishing the report at noon just as he stood up for Prime Minister’s Questions and expecting the leader of the opposition in Parliament to be able to respond.
“I’ve seen this too many times when governments just try to get far too clever and try to manipulate Parliament.
“Sue Gray should publish according to her own timetable.
“All of her reports should be published in full, both the finding and the workings, because they will be just as important for people to determine what happened and that should be published with plenty of time for Parliament to be able to read it, respond to it and go to the prime minister with it.”
Sky News Sam Coates said that he expects Gray could make her report made public in full.
However, there could be significant parts of the report not released to the public as Johnson will decide what will be published as Gray works for the Prime Minister.