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Crunch time for Boris with Partygate report finally published ‘today’

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SUE Gray’s damning Partygate report is likely to be published TODAY – with more boozy photos included.

Whitehall sources say some “relevant” photographs submitted to the inquiry – including those taken by No10’s ‘vanity snappers’ – will be published when the report finally surfaces.

Boris Johnson is reeling from leaked pics showing him boozing indoors during lockdown

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Boris Johnson is reeling from leaked pics showing him boozing indoors during lockdownCredit: PA
Sue Gray is expected to publish her report on Wednesday

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Sue Gray is expected to publish her report on WednesdayCredit: The Mega Agency

It is being finalised as tensions between Ms Gray and No10 exploded into open briefing war – including toxic claims the PM suggested the report never see the light of day after the cops concluded their own investigation.

The accusation in The Times, surfaced after a number of hostile attacks online and in newspapers against Ms Gray and the political neutrality of her team and Labour links of her family.

Downing Street formally denied putting pressure on Gray to bin her report, saying: “The Prime Minister wants the report to be published. He’s looking forward to the conclusion of the report and it being put in the public domain.”

Mr Johnson’s official spokesman added: “The PM did not ask for that report to be not proceeded with or to be dropped”.

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No10 are still reeling from leaked snaps of the PM boozing indoors during lockdown in November 2020 – with fears more photos will be dripped out shortly.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan yesterday called on the Met to explain why they did not fine Mr Johnson for this event, despite others in the room getting slapped with a fixed penalty notice.

Speaking on Tuesday, the Mayor said: “Yesterday was the first time I saw the photograph of Boris Johnson raising a glass, clearly bottles of wine laying around, others with wine in their hand, on a day when he said in the Houses of Commons, and I speak as a former parliamentarian and I know the importance of not lying or misleading in the House of Commons, that there wasn’t a party.”

“So you know, of course, Sue Gray will publish her report this week and of course the prime minister will have to answer for himself, but I think the police should explain why they reached their conclusions and provide that clarity,” he added.

Cabinet office enforcer, Ms Gray is preparing to release her report this week after the Met finally finished their Partygate investigation last week, with more than 126 fines dished out to 83 people.

Worried staffers had until Monday to object to their names being revealed in the long-awaited party dossier which could come as early as Tuesday.

Insiders refused to comment on whether any legal challenges had come forward which could stop the report being published in full.

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