Good morning. The much-awaited report from the civil servant Sue Gray into partygate – which has joined the small and select group of official Whitehall reports in history seen as having the potential to end a prime minister’s career – may be published later today. Or it may not come until tomorrow. As I write, to the immense frustration of the Westminster political-media establishment, and many others, no one actually knows. Sorry about that.
But we do know that the report has not yet officially been handed over to Downing Street, because Liz Truss, the foreign secretary, has said so her morning interview round. Asked if No 10 had yet to receive it, she told Sky News within the last hour:
That’s correct. And, of course, it’s an independent report, it’s a matter for Sue Gray when she sends that report, when she’s completed her work.
Truss also said that “security issues” might prevent parts of the report from being published.
We have been absolutely clear that we will publish the findings of the report. We don’t know the content of the report, so there could be, for example, security issues that mean parts of it are problematic to publish. But we will absolutely publish the findings of the report.
Boris Johnson has indicated that he will publish the report very soon after receiving it, and make a statement about it to the Commons. The fact that it is still not yet on his desk means that such a statement is extremely unlikely to happen straight after PMQs, although potentially he could come back to parliament later. Or he could wait until tomorrow.
Once the report is out, and particularly if it is anything like as damning as some commentators suggest, Conservative MPs who have been holding back from demanding a vote of no confidence in the prime minister could submit the necessary letters to the 1922 Committee chairman, Sir Graham Brady. There is a very real chance of that vote happening before the end of the week.
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Here is our overnight preview.
And here is my colleague Heather Stewart’s guide to the key questions the Gray report could answer.
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