Sue Gray Report: "We got away with that" - Martin Reynolds, Downing St chief, messages revealed after lockdown-breaking party

While the country was under lockdown, parties continued late into the night.

Sue Gray Report: "We got away with that" - Martin Reynolds, Downing St chief, messages revealed after lockdown-breaking party

While the country was under lockdown, parties continued late into the night.

Sue Gray's damning report reveals details of fighting, drinking and late-night parties at the heart government. She said that senior leadership must take responsibility.

The long-awaited report also includes details about karaoke and wine spillages, aides being ill and other rude behavior to cleaners and security staff. It also reveals Downing Street behaviour during 2020-2021, when COVID-19 restrictions were in effect across the country.

Martin Reynolds, the prime minster's principal private secretary, stated that 200 people had been invited to a "bring you own booze" party in May 2020. "We seem to have gotten away with [it]."

Boris Johnson attended some of the events. He apologised to Parliament again for the partygate scandal, but claimed he didn't know anything about the ongoing events after he had only briefly attended them and was "appalled" when it became known.

Ms Gray's report summarizes her findings regarding 16 events in 2020-2021, including this:

Many people attended the events and violated COVID guidelines.

Staff were unable to raise concerns regarding behaviour

One person was hospitalized for excessive alcohol consumption, and a fight broke out.

Staff were instructed to exit via the backdoor after being reported for drunkenness

The culture must be embraced by all levels of senior leadership, political or not.

Seniors were invited to gatherings that junior staff members attended or organized.

There were many instances of disrespect and poor treatment of security staff and cleaners.

The report featured photos of the prime minister sipping drinks. It also detailed how staff enjoyed getting togethers such as quizzes and leaving dos, "wine time Fridays", "bring your own alcohol" events, and a cheese-and-wine evening.

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