Labour’s Shadow Paymaster General, Fleur Anderson MP, has written to her counterpart Michael Ellis MP to demand he correct the Parliamentary record after reiterating his confidence in the impartiality of the Cabinet Secretary when asked if he could lead the investigation into Downing Street Parties with no personal interests.
Anderson was granted an Urgent Question probing the terms of reference of the investigation and asked directly if the Cabinet Secretary could “conduct the investigation without personal interest”.
On Friday, when his report was due to be published, the Cabinet Secretary was forced to recuse himself from the investigation due to media reports of Christmas gatherings held in his own office. Sue Gray, second permanent secretary at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, will now step in to investigate any wrong doing. Labour is calling for the new terms of reference of her investigations to be published.
Since the original investigation was announced by the Prime Minister, new photographs have emerged of alleged parties at Conservative Party Headquarters and the Downing Street garden.