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police want to turn in redacted report on PartyGate and spark outrage — RT in French
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British police provoked outrage on January 28 by demanding that key elements be redacted from a long-awaited administrative report into the Downing Street holiday scandal, which threatens Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

In the “PartyGate” affair, the publication of a police report on the parties organized at the main residence of the Prime Minister in 2020 and 2021 has been keeping the press and the British political class in suspense for several days.

But the document, written by senior civil servant Sue Gray, about parties at the British Prime Minister’s residence, farewell parties at garden parties through the Christmas parties and birthdays organized in Downing Street, is slow to be published, according to the press across the Channel, because of questions about what may be included… while the police are at their turn seized by the scandal, upsetting the calendar.

After being criticized for being slow to react to revelations that had been rolling in for several weeks, Scotland Yard finally announced on January 25 that it was investigating several parties that allegedly broke strict anti-Covid rules, potentially the most damaging to the Premier Minister Boris Johnson.

“For events under investigation by the Met [police londonienne]we asked to make only a minimal reference in the report of the Cabinet Office”, interdepartmental agency on which depend the work of Sue Gray, let know the Metropolitan Police of London in a brief press release.

“The Met has not asked for any limitations on other events in the report, or for the report to be pushed back, but contacts are ongoing with the Cabinet office, including on the content of the report, to avoid prejudice to our investigation. “, she added.

The report promises to be potentially largely watered down, deprived of its conclusions on the events retained by the police as the most likely to have breached the confinements. Unless its publication is suspended until the conclusions of the police, which can take several months.

“A concealment of the truth”: the opposition rebels

Immediately, the opposition parties demanded the publication, in its entirety and without censorship, of the internal investigation, as promised by Boris Johnson on several occasions.

On Twitter, the leader of the SNP independence party in Parliament, Ian Blackford, lamented “what looks more and more like a concealment of the truth”.

The families of the victims of the coronavirus are also offended. For Fran Hall, spokesperson for the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice association quoted by AFP, the police have “broken public trust, first by refusing to investigate these flagrant violations of the law, and now demanding that another inquiry cover up the most serious illegalities that have taken place in Downing Street”.

These parties have plunged Boris Johnson into a serious crisis which threatens his retention in his post, the calls for the resignation having multiplied even in the conservative majority. Many members of his camp are waiting for the publication of the internal report to decide whether or not to try to oust him by means of a vote of no confidence.

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