Boris Johnson’s verdict from the Sue Gray report has revealed there was “serious failures of leadership and judgement” at the heart of the British government.
The senior civil servant Sue Gray has issued her damning 12 page report and criticised the government by saying they “represent a serious failure to observe not just the high standards expected of those working at the heart of Government but also of the standards expected of the entire British population at the time.”
Gray’s report added, “At times it seems there was too little thought given to what was happening across the country in considering the appropriateness of some of these gatherings, the risks they presented to public health and how they might appear to the public.
“There were failures of leadership and judgment by different parts of No10 and the Cabinet Office at different times.
“Some of the events should not have been allowed to take place. Other events should not have been allowed to develop as they did.”
Scotland Yard asked for the Gray report to only make “minimal reference” to the alleged events and she expressed her frustration against the police and said, it was “not possible at present to provide a meaningful report.”
Gray wrote, “As a result of the Metropolitan Police’s investigations, and so as not to prejudice the police investigative process, they have told me that it would only be appropriate to make minimal reference to the gatherings on the dates they are investigating.
“Unfortunately, this necessarily means that I am extremely limited in what I can say about those events and it is not possible at present to provide a meaningful report setting out and analysing the extensive factual information I have been able to gather.”
Labour MP and Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy said the conclusions show Johnson is “a coward, a rule-breaker and needs to step down.”
Chair of the standards committee, Labour MP Chris Bryant, said, “Behaviour that is difficult to justify. A serious failure to observe high standards. Failures of leadership and judgement. Excessive consumption of alcohol in a professional workplace. Gatherings that should not have been able to take place. And that’s just the update!”
Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Ed Davey, slammed the Prime Minister and said that he”broke the rules and lied to the country.”