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Key points: Sue Gray’s final report on Boris Johnson and partygate


Pizza, prosecco, and karaoke 

Ms Gray’s report detailed another party held on June 18, 2020 in the Cabinet Office to mark the departure of an unnamed No 10 official. 

Once more Mr Reynolds was involved, with WhatsApp messages showing he asked: “Is it safer to do a larger event indoors but with some people carrying on outside afterwards?”

Records show that Mr Cain again raised objections, replying “I’m not sure it works at all, to be honest” and “it obviously comes with rather substantial comms risks”. 

At this party, there was pizza and prosecco and Helen MacNamara, the Deputy Cabinet Secretary, provided a karaoke machine for the evening. 

One staff member was sick from “excessive drinking”, while there was “a minor altercation between two other individuals”.

Abba party not investigated 

One of the more eyebrow-raising passages in Ms Gray’s report covers her decision not to fully investigate a gathering in the Prime Minister’s flat on Nov 13, 2020. 

The get-together, at which Mr Johnson’s wife Carrie was present, was reportedly to celebrate the departure of Dominic Cummings, his former chief adviser, and saw Abba’s hit Winner Takes It All blaring out.

Ms Gray confirmed that the event took place “some time after” 6pm and said it was “to discuss the handling” of the departure of Mr Cummings and Mr Cain, who left on the same day.

She said five special advisers attended and “food and alcohol were available”, with Mr Johnson joining the group at around 8pm. 

Ms Gray stopped her inquiry into the event when the police started their investigation and say she “concluded it was not appropriate or proportionate” to return to it, without offering further explanation.

Police witnessed party 

Ms Gray revealed that an on-duty police officer witnessed one “party” in the Number 10 press office, on Dec 18, 2020, after a member of staff accidentally triggered the building’s panic alarm.

She said up to 45 people were at the gathering, which featured a Christmas quiz and Secret Santa gift exchange, and at which “some members of staff drank excessively”. 


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