Met Police want ‘minimal reference’ in Sue Gray’s report to alleged incidents they are investigating

The Metropolitan Police said they had asked for a ‘minimal reference’ to be made in Sue Gray’s report to the alleged incidents in Downing Street which the police are currently investigating.

In a statement, Scotland Yard said: ‘For the events which the Met are investigating, we have requested that a minimum reference be made in the Cabinet Office report.

“The Met has not asked 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. .”

Meanwhile, No 10 has given no indication that he has received Sue Gray’s report of possible parties breaking the rules in Downing Street, Chris Philp has claimed.

The technology minister, asked on Sky News whether the official’s inquiry findings have been handed over, said: ‘I spoke to someone in Downing Street about half an hour ago, and they didn’t certainly did not indicate that they had been received.

“So I don’t know much more than you do, but I certainly don’t have any information yet that it has been received.”

The statement says Ms Gray will either have to make significant changes to her report before it is released or delay it until the police investigation is complete.

Sources familiar with the investigation have previously said it was concerned about the prospect of releasing a report stripped of some of its key findings.

Officers have not confirmed the number of occurrences they are investigating, but reports suggest it could be as high as eight.

The official inquiry was long overdue but its publication was fraught with difficulties on Tuesday when Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick announced that her officers had opened a criminal investigation.

Technology Minister Chris Philp asked why the delivery of the Gray report had been delayed, told LBC: ‘You’ll have to ask Sue Gray that because the timing of the report is up to her.

“You will have seen, as I have seen, the speculation from the press is that it is because they are talking to lawyers and police officers about exactly what can and cannot go into it.

“But at the end of the day, I don’t know because it’s a report that she compiles independently and I have no visibility into what it may or may not contain or her thought process.”

Asked what he could offer in terms of defending the Prime Minister, Mr Philp said he would not ‘speculate’ what happened at No 10 amid claims parties had had place at the top of government during lockdown.

He added: “Like everyone else, I’m just going to wait for it to be released, I’ll read it very carefully when it comes out and I’m not going to speculate…what the report may or may not contain and what it may mean. or not.

“Let’s just wait for him to come out. I hope it will be soon because I think we all want to be able to get over this.

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