An inquiry into lockdown parties at Downing Street has reportedly been “caught by surprise” by new revelations of rule-breaking.
Sue Gray, a senior official, is investigating allegations of illegal gatherings at No10 on orders from the Prime Minister.
However, questions have been raised as to whether their investigation will learn the full story afterwards The times The newspaper said its investigation was surprised by new claims.
LatestPageNews reported this week that some officers were asked to erase evidence of parties from their phones – a revelation that raised questions about the extent of staff cooperation in the investigation.
The investigating officer is said to be concerned that Downing Street staff will withhold information about parties from her afterwards.
It comes after claims on Friday that staff had gathered for two events after work on April 16, 2021 – the eve of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
Employees filled a suitcase with bottles of alcohol and danced in No10’s basement, with a special counsel allegedly hanging up.
In addition, there were further demands on Friday evening from the daily mirror Newspaper that No. 10 regularly practiced “wine time on Fridays” during the pandemic and even bought a specialty fridge to store bottles.
Boris Johnson is said to have witnessed the gatherings regularly and even encouraged staff to relax.
Other claims include the fact that Boris Johnson was so unwilling to follow Covid-19 rules that a chair had to be propped against the door of his room to ensure he would self-isolate.
“He kept coming out, so we put two chairs in front of the door like a kind of puppy gate,” said one character The times.
The newspaper claims ministers believe Mr Johnson is in a “last chance room” with the Conservative Party – as a Tories tank in the polls.
Unless he resigns of his own accord, the prime minister would have to be removed by his own party, with letters to the chairman of the 1922 backbench committee to set off a leadership contest.
A No. 10 spokesman said: “There is an ongoing investigation to establish the facts of the nature of the gatherings, including attendance, setting and purpose in relation to compliance with guidance at the time.
“The results will be published in due course.”