Dominic Cummings blamed Sue Gray of without properly investigating the alleged “Abba party” in Boris Johnson’s apartment during lockdown, according to music it was so loud that dozens of people working in in office heard below.
In his first interview following the completion of the Partygate investigation last a week, prime ministers former the chief adviser, who became an outspoken critic, told the assembly that took place on night he left number 10 was not work meeting.
Cummings said Gray’s excuse was not properly studied. event was “arrogant”, suggesting that she closed her eyes and took “fuck it” attitude.
In her report, Gray acknowledged that just began collecting evidence of the gathering on on 13 November 2020 when the police intervened and that they decided not to proceed with the investigation when Scotland Yard concluded the investigation because “it was inappropriate or disproportionate”.
In her review of in eventGrey said the meeting was held in downing street apartment with five special advisers whom Johnson joined at 8 pm, and food and alcohol were provided. He became known as “Abba party” because the song The Winner Takes It All was reportedly blown up out of apartment, ostensibly because Johnson’s wife, Carrie, was celebrating Cummings’ departure.
Carrie Johnson was not mentioned in attitude to event in Gray’s report. Over the weekend, her spokesperson did not deny reports that another party was held in apartment earlier in in year, on in prime minister birthday.
Some Conservative MPs told The Guardian they were afraid of the cover.up when the apartment party has not been properly investigated. Speaking to journalist Suzanne Moore, Cummings said: of gray teamx decision do not fully explore the November 2020 apartment event that “they have a sort of just said, “To hell with it, we’re not going to interfere.”
Remembering my surprise that this was not reported for so long, Cummings said, “Because we’ve been in extreme blocking not received coverage. media was so happy that I left, no one wanted talk about it.
“Dozens of people could be heard downstairs, so all the police had to do was question anyone one of im find out. You do not have work meeting upstairs of No. 10, where music so loud that you can hear it in fucking press office”.
Cummings suggested that Johnson could still survive because prime minister despite the slaughter of Representation of Conservative MPs no-confidence letters and interrogation of his leadership in light of Gray’s report.
“He thinks if he is not imprisoned out until August he has a reasonable chance of influence the election,” Cummings said. “And he’ll think, ‘Oh, I’m still here. I was close to disaster, but just fled. In addition, he will look at Starmer and correctly think: “He’s nonsense.”
“But remember, he’s not really want be there for a very long time. All he wants to do is not be a loser and not be planted out in a shame.”
However, Cummings added: “Definitely felt like institutions of all kinds of collapses.”
In apology to the deputies last week, Johnson claimed that of the eight meetings he attended were watched by Gray and the Metropolitan Police, which he believed he attended work events.
“They were part of my job,” he said, adding that it was confirmed fact he was just fined for birthday celebration what took place in Cabinet room in June 2020.
He claimed that the party staff, some of which continued into small hours thought they were working.
“I got the strong impression that they genuinely believed that what they were doing was working. I certainly don’t think they set out to deceive you in this”, Johnson added.
Grey’s approached for comment.