Here are the nine Partygate photos released in the Sue Gray report

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A picture released in the Sue Gray report shows Boris Johnson at a gathering in 10 Downing Street for the departure of a special adviser on 13 November, 2020. (Cabinet Office)
A picture released in the Sue Gray report shows Boris Johnson at a gathering in 10 Downing Street for the departure of a special adviser on 13 November, 2020. (Cabinet Office)

The full publication of Sue Gray’s report into Partygate has made brutal reading for Boris Johnson and the government.

The report is highly critical of the culture in No 10 which led to the repeated violations of COVID restrictions over the course of 2020 and 2021.

It said the “senior leadership” in Johnson’s government must “bear responsibility” for the culture which led to coronavirus lockdown rules being broken.

As well as the 37-page report, the documents handed to No 10 include nine photos related to Partygate incidents, including pictures of the prime minister, cabinet secretary Simon Case and chancellor Rishi Sunak.

Boris Johnson is surrounded by glasses at one of the events at Downing Street on 13 November, 2020. (Cabinet Office)
Boris Johnson is surrounded by glasses at one of the events at Downing Street on 13 November, 2020. (Cabinet Office)
A third image taken on 13 November, 2020, shows Boris Johnson raises his glass and surrounded by bottles. (Cabinet Office)
A third image taken on 13 November, 2020, shows Boris Johnson raises his glass and surrounded by bottles. (Cabinet Office)

In the photos, which cover two events at Downing Street in 2020, Johnson can be seen raising a glass while surrounded by bottles of drink.

Other photos show the prime minister standing next to Sunak, with pre-packaged sandwiches and cans of Coca-Cola on the table beside them.

The 'humbled' prime minister said in the Commons today he takes 'full responsibility for what happened on my watch', as critics called for him to resign.

Boris Johnson told MPs: “I have been as surprised and disappointed as anyone else in this House as the revelations have unfolded and, frankly, I have been appalled by some of the behaviour, particularly in the treatment of the security and the cleaning staff.

“And I’d like to apologise to those members of staff and I expect anyone who behaved in that way to apologise to them as well.”

Watch: I take full responsibility over Partygate report, says Boris Johnson

The prime minister said he wanted to 'set out the context' of the report findings, adding: "It’s important to set out that over a period of about 600 days, gatherings on a total of eight dates have been found to be in breach of the regulations in a building that is 5,300 metres square across five floors, excluding the flats.”

He continued: “Hundreds of staff are entitled to work and in the Cabinet Office, which has thousands of officials, and now is the biggest it has been in any point in its 100-year history. That is itself one of the reasons why the government is now looking for change and reform.

Johnson later made statement to MPs in the Commons and will hold a press conference in Downing Street.

He will later address the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs who will have to decide whether the findings are sufficiently serious to warrant a push to oust him.

Boris Johnson holding a drink at Lee Cain's leaving event at Downing Street on 13 November, 2020. (Cabinet Office)
Boris Johnson holding a drink at Lee Cain's leaving event at Downing Street on 13 November, 2020. (Cabinet Office)
A smiling Boris Johnson stands in the doorway with No 10 staffers on 13 November, 2020. (Cabinet Office)
A smiling Boris Johnson stands in the doorway with No 10 staffers on 13 November, 2020. (Cabinet Office)

While there was criticism of Case in the the report, he has made clear he will not be resigning and the PM will not sack him.

Gray’s report gives the clearest picture so far of events which led to widespread public anger, including the names of some of those who attended lockdown-busting gatherings.

Officials affected by the inquiry were written to ahead of its publication, allowing them to have a chance to respond before it was finalised.

Boris Johnson alongside Simon Case and No 10 staffers surrounded by food and drink on 19 June, 2020. (Cabinet Office)
Boris Johnson alongside Simon Case and No 10 staffers surrounded by food and drink on 19 June, 2020. (Cabinet Office)
Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak surrounded by sandwiches and drinks on 19 June, 2020. (Cabinet Office)
Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak surrounded by sandwiches and drinks on 19 June, 2020. (Cabinet Office)
An image taken on 19 June, 2020 showing Boris Johnson with a drink and food in his hands. (Cabinet Office)
An image taken on 19 June, 2020 showing Boris Johnson with a drink and food in his hands. (Cabinet Office)

One element of the report that may cause further problems for the PM is the revelation that he joined five special advisers in a mid-lockdown event with “food and alcohol” in his Downing Street flat on the evening of the announcement of Dominic Cummings’ departure.

Gray investigated the gathering but abandoned the work having only collected “limited” information after the Metropolitan Police began their investigation.

The event was held during England’s second national lockdown, after the announcement of Cumming’s exit as chief adviser on November 13 2020.

Gray said a “meeting” was held in the prime minister’s residence from “some time after” 6pm to discuss “the handling of the departure” with five special advisers.

(Cabinet Office)
Johnson with Case and others in the Cabinet Room on the PM's birthday.

She found Johnson joined the event where “food and alcohol were available” at around 8pm.

“The discussion carried on later into the evening with attendees leaving at various points,” the senior civil servant wrote.

But she said she had not long been investigating the evening when Scotland Yard began its criminal investigation.

She considered whether to resume her work after the investigation closed but “concluded it was not appropriate or proportionate to do so”.

Johnson was not fined by police over that event.

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