Tuesday 11 January 2022 / 8:40 AM Angela Rayner

Labour slams Boris Johnson for hiding behind Whitehall inquiry over Downing Street parties

Labour has criticised Boris Johnson for refusing to come clean over Downing Street parties, instead hiding behind Sue Gray’s investigation.

The Party has today published a list of the number of times the Prime Minister lied to both Parliament and the House. Labour is calling on Boris Johnson to come to the House today and finally come clean.

But the Government’s spokesperson this morning, Ed Argar, asked about the issue on the Today programme only referenced the Whitehall inquiry, saying:

“We’ve got that email, that’s in the public domain, we’ve got reports and sources talking to the BBC about what did or did not happen. But it’s vitally important I think, that Ms. Gray is able to do that job and potentially those police conversations with the Cabinet office … without Ministers speculating … I don’t want to speculate on what she might or might not say.”

Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Deputy Leader and Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, said:

“Boris Johnson’s deflections and distractions are no longer tenable.

“Sue Gray is a highly respected civil servant who will be carrying out an investigation to the highest standard.

“But the truth is out now. Not only did Boris Johnson know about the parties, he attended them and he lied.

“It’s time for the Prime Minister to stop hiding behind Whitehall inquiries and finally come clean.”