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Police tell Sue Gray to publish watered down partygate report

Added 01-28-22 04:14:02am EST - “The Metropolitan Police asked for the Cabinet Office report into Downing Street parties to have 'minimal' reference to the events it is investigating.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Police tell Sue Gray to publish watered down partygate report”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Cabinet Office report into alleged Downing Street parties could contain significant omissions after the Metropolitan Police said it wanted "minimal" references to the alleged parties it is investigating itself.

The Metropolitan Police on Tuesday announced that it was investigating allegations that Downing Street staff held numerous parties throughout 2020 and 2021, which may have broken lockdown rules, throwing the timing of a separate fact-finding Cabinet Office report into doubt.

"For the events the Met is investigating, we asked for a minimal reference to be made to the Cabinet Office report," said a statement from the Metropolitan Police on Monday.

"The Met did not ask for any limitations on other events in the report, or for the report to be delayed, but we have had ongoing contact with the Cabinet Office, including on the content of the report, to avoid any prejudice to our investigation," the statement continued. 

The news is significant because it raises the prospect that the Cabinet Office report by Sue Gray may contain significant redactions if it is published before the Metropolitan Police concludes its inquiry. 

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