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Labour demands Sue Gray report to be published in full or it will ‘reek of another Downing Street cover-up’

27th Jan 22 2:55 pm

Labour have expressed their concerns that the Sue Gray report could be redacted and fear that there could be a “cover-up.” The highly anticipated report in to “partygate” could have names omitted with key details to protect Downing Street staff.

It has been reported that the Cabinet Office was editing the Gray report on Wednesday evening leading to Labour being suspicious names will be redacted due to Scotland Yards criminal investigation into Downing Street and other Whitehall departments.

Civil service unions fear that employees could be “hung out to dry” by being named as those who attended the parties during lockdown.

Garry Graham, deputy general secretary of Prospect, a trade union representing civil servants, told The Telegraph, “We don’t want civil servants hung out to dry with regards to this.

“If there are HR actions, then people need to be appropriately supported, including from their union.

“I hope that the Civil Service is not going to be collateral damage as a result of this. The Prime Minister is the head of the Civil Service.

“He should have been leading by example.”

Labour has warned that unless all of the evidence gathered is made public then this will be “another Downing Street cover-up.”

However, a person has said Scotland Yard has “not said they cannot publish their report,” but the picture behind the scenes could be more complex.

Another Scotland Yard source said it would be “prudent for some information to be withheld.”

Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner said, “This report has to be published in full with all accompanying evidence or else it will reek of another Downing Street cover-up.

“They seem to lose phones, delete WhatsApps, and misplace meeting minutes very regularly.”

Rayner added that Johnson has finally “run out of road” and “can’t kick this into the long grass anymore.”

Should Johnson not release the report then Labour could use parliamentary procedures to get it released.

The PM’s spokesman said this week, “The findings will be made public in line with the terms of reference. It is our intention to publish those findings as received.”

Boris Johnson said, “I can’t go beyond what I said yesterday, but I stick to what I said to the House of Commons.”

Speaking to Sky News on Wednesday, Foreign Secretary Lizz Truss said there could be “security issues” which mean parts of it are “problematic to publish.”

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