Dominic Raab has suggested that the highly anticipated Sue Gray report into parties at No 10 will not be published in full.
Although the Justice Secretary said there would be “full transparency” around the Gray report, he refused to confirm that it would be published in full.
Asked if the public will be permitted to see the report in totality, Mr Raab told the BBC’s Sunday Morning programme: “The substances of the findings will be. There will be full transparency.”
When pressed on whether the report will be published in full, Mr Raab said: “I’m not quite sure the shape and form it will come, but the PM has been clear there will be full transparency around this so that people can see.”
Last week Tory MPs raised concerns that Ms Gray’s report could be redacted, prompting calls for all senior figures referenced in the inquiry to be named. However, No 10 has previously insisted that the report will be published in full.
Angela Rayner, Labour’s deputy leader, stressed that “all accompanying evidence” must be disclosed after Ms Gray presents her report to the prime minister.
She said: “Boris Johnson cannot be allowed to cover-up or obscure any of the truth when he has insisted on a hugely protracted internal probe to tell him which parties he attended and what happened in his own home.”
Inquiry widened to include allegations of parties in Downing Street flat
Meanwhile, in what will be seen as a further blow to the Prime Minister, The Sunday Times reported Ms Gray has widened her inquiry to include allegations that parties were held in his Downing Street flat.
The paper said that two aides, Henry Newman and Josh Grimstone – both said to be friends of Mr Johnson’s wife Carrie – visited the flat over No 11 on numerous occasions during lockdown.
Initially Ms Gray was said to have accepted the visits were for work purposes, however investigators were reported to have questioned why they were spending so much time in Downing Street when they were working for the Cabinet Office.
Mr Raab insisted Tory MPs were rallying behind the Mr Johnson although he acknowledged the PM would have to resign if he was found to have misled Parliament.
“The code of conduct for ministers is very clear that if you mislead Parliament it is a resigning matter,” he told the BBC’s Sunday Morning programme.