Failure to publish Sue Gray report in full would be an “insult to the bereaved”

Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey has written to Boris Johnson demanding he publish the Sue Gray report in full, alongside any accompanying evidence such as photos, emails and messages.

The letter warns that any attempt to use the Met Police as an excuse to “whitewash” the report will only cause more public anger, including among tens of thousands of bereaved families furious with Boris Johnson for holding rule-breaking parties in Number 10. The letter states that nothing should be left out or redacted from the report unless that has been specifically requested by the police.

The Liberal Democrats also highlight how government ministers have referred to the Sue Gray report over 130 times in Parliament in recent weeks, including 22 times by Boris Johnson himself. The letter adds that government ministers would be insulting the public, and especially the bereaved, if they fail to publish the report in full, not least after using it repeatedly in recent weeks to dodge questions over the many rule-breaking parties held in Number Ten Downing Street.

Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said: “For weeks Boris Johnson and his cronies have used the Sue Gray inquiry as a shield. Time and again, the Prime Minister has hidden behind this inquiry, using it as an excuse to dodge straightforward questions over the countless allegations of rule-breaking by him and his staff in Number 10.

Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey

“Johnson can’t hide any longer: it’s time finally to come clean and publish the Sue Gray report in full, including all the evidence from photos to text messages, from witness accounts to emails.

“For the families who were grieving for their loved ones alone, for the people who missed weddings and funerals and for our brave NHS and frontline workers who put themselves at risk, working tirelessly, often separated from their families, the truth must come out, in full. It would be a bitter insult to the public if the Prime Minister attempts once again to hide the truth.”

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