The Metropolitan Police has asked the Cabinet Office for “minimal reference to made” in the Sue Gray report to “avoid any prejudice to our investigation.”
The Prime Minister’s future hangs in the balance over the report which could potentially trigger a vote of no confidence in Parliament which could end his leadership.
In a statement released on Friday, Scotland Yard said, “For the events the Met is investigating, we asked for minimal reference to be made in the Cabinet Office report.
“The Met did not ask for any limitations on other events in the report, or for the report to be delayed, but we have had ongoing contact with the Cabinet Office, including on the content of the report, to avoid any prejudice to our investigation.”
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said the report “must be published in full and undoctored without further delay.
“This UK government farce has gone on long enough. People are understandably concerned that this increasingly looks like a cover up.”
Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves has slammed of Johnson, comparing his integrity unfavourably with that of her party’s leader.
“I think there is a question of integrity, honesty and decency,” the Labour MP told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:
“You have got the prime minister on the one hand, who is in this sort of lies and scandal and parties, and then you have got Keir Starmer on the other hand, who is a man of integrity and honesty, who you can put your trust in.”
Reeves said, “the Sue Gray report needs to be published in full as the Prime Minister has said it will be”, but that there should be a focus on tackling major issues facing the country.
“What really frustrates me (is) we have these massive challenges as a country – the cost-of-living crisis, how to properly fund our National Health Service, how to get to net zero – all these big challenges, and where is the government?
“Labour has set out its plans, the government has no plans. It is incredibly frustrating and letting down the country.”