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No.10 officials ‘terrified’ and admit holding back evidence amid ‘a culture of fear’ as they were told remove messages

by LLB political Reporter
24th Jan 22 2:20 pm

Downing Street officials have admitted that they are holding back vital evidence from the Sue Gray investigation into parties at No.10 during lockdown.

The Independent were told via three sources that they have not revealed any messages from their phones as they were told by a senior Downing Street official to removes anything which could fuel any speculation from their mobile phones.

WhatsApp messages showed pictures of people drinking and dancing at Downing Street along with references that people were hungover and they have not divulged this to Gray for her investigation.

A source told the newspaper, “Everyone’s terrified. It’s a witch-hunt.

“There’s been a culture of fear [in the office] every day since the first party story broke.”

Another source added to The Independent, “I’ve held back from sharing evidence, it’s too risky. And I’d have to explain why I’d deleted some stuff, which would mean saying I’d felt intimidated.”

Police officers guarding Downing Street have given their statements for Gray’s investigation and The Telegraph has reported a source said they gave “extremely damning” accounts which will form the report.

Met police staff were “only too willing” to cooperate with the Gray investigation, despite not being under any obligation to.

A source told the paper, “Put it this way, if Boris Johnson is still Prime Minister by the end of the week, I’d be very surprised.”

Boris Johnson’s former chief aide has said that he will not speak with Gray in person, but instead will provide her with a written account over concerns that the Prime Minister could then “invent nonsense” an in attempt to discredit him.

Cummings has warned Johnson that there will be more damaging revelation about him which will continue to pour out until he is gone from office.

Cummings wrote, “It’s reported everywhere that I am seeing Sue Gray today. This is wrong. I am not seeing/talking to her. Why?

“Since leaving government I’ve tried to help with a few things, some directly and some very quietly.

“One such thing involved discussing the security services. Only me and two officials knew what I said. They briefed the PM. Within minutes, one of the lobby infamous for being a stooge was calling the Cabinet Office making claims about MI5 and me. The officials apologised and said, reasonably, the system doesn’t work when a PM behaves like this.

“So when SG asked to speak to me I emailed to the effect: if we speak the PM will invent nonsense and spin it to the media and you and I will both have problems, let’s keep everything in writing, therefore he cannot invent things I’ve supposedly said to you, there is only a written record, this makes both our lives easier.

“She agreed.

“So I have answered questions in writing and will answer further questions in writing if she wants.

“But I will not speak and therefore provide the PM with more chances to lie and confuse everybody.”

He warned, “Other damaging stories will come out until he is gone. It’s clear talking to people in No10 and 70 Whitehall that many officials are desperate to shove the kunlangeta off the ice this week.

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