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‘Drunken groping’ claims towards Tory MP ‘make me very unhappy’, minister says

A minister has mentioned it’s “not instantly apparent” an investigation is required into allegations that...

A minister has mentioned it’s “not instantly apparent” an investigation is required into allegations that Carrie Johnson held a lockdown get together that was not a part of the Sue Grey inquiry.

Chris Philp, the expertise and digital economic system minister, informed Sky Information’ Kay Burley that there was an “unbelievably complete set of investigations” over the previous six months into events that breached COVID laws.

He mentioned: “Having had two separate investigations, together with by the police, over many months it isn’t instantly apparent to me that we want any extra investigations when this has in all probability, rightly, been essentially the most completely investigated set of incidents in latest occasions.”

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Mr Philp added that he had “no inside information” of the alleged occasion and except there may be “one thing actually hanging that hasn’t been recognized about beforehand” he doesn’t suppose it must be investigated as a result of each inquiries have been “extremely thorough”.

Over the weekend, The Sunday Occasions revealed that Cupboard Secretary Simon Case was informed of beforehand unseen messages suggesting the prime minister’s wife held a gathering within the No 11 flat, the place the Johnsons dwell, with associates for her husband’s 56th birthday on 19 June 2020.

Boris Johnson is known to have additionally been within the flat. On the time, two or extra individuals have been banned from being indoors apart from work functions.

The occasion has not beforehand been made public and was not a part of the printed Sue Gray investigation.

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Mr and Mrs Johnson, and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have been fined for attending an earlier gathering for the PM’s birthday within the cupboard room.

Boris and Carrie Johnson live in No 11 Downing Street but his office is in No 10. Pic: Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street
Picture: Boris and Carrie Johnson dwell in No 11 Downing Avenue however his workplace is in No 10. Pic: Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Avenue

Messages flagged as much as Mr Case allegedly present a Downing Avenue aide informed Mrs Johnson her husband was on the way in which as much as the flat for his birthday, with her replying she was already there with some male associates.

Ms Grey was knowledgeable of the messages in January by the aide however they didn’t wish to ahead the messages, nevertheless mentioned they might present them to inquiry officers in person. They agreed to produce them to the Met Police’s inquiry.

The aide claims the Grey investigation workforce did not comply with up on the provide and as soon as the Met’s investigation concluded two weeks in the past, they provided the messages to the Grey workforce however nothing occurred.

However the Cupboard Workplace mentioned the aide didn’t provide to carry the messages to them and regardless of being requested to offer all related data to the Grey inquiry, they didn’t.

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Boris Johnson and wife Carrie

Ms Grey’s workforce did present the e-mail alternate with the aide on the problem to Met detectives, the Cupboard Workplace mentioned.

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They added that the aide solely provided to share the texts after they have been nearly to publish the Sue Grey investigation final week however did bear in mind the aide’s feedback, made after the Met report concluded, that they have been requested to organise the flat get together.

Mrs Johnson might now be summoned to seem earlier than MPs on parliament’s privileges committee, which is investigating whether or not the PM knowingly misled the Commons by repeatedly denying any events had taken place, The Telegraph experiences.

One other get together on 13 November 2020 involving Mrs Johnson within the No 11 flat, the place ABBA songs have been allegedly performed, was not included within the Grey inquiry and no person was fined for it by the Met.