BORIS Johnson has U-turned on his decision only to publish a watered-down version of the Sue Gray report into the partygate scandal.

Downing Street announced this evening that the full report would be made public following angry scenes in the House of Commons.

The development came after Johnson came under pressure from Tory backbenchers as well as calls to resign from the opposition benches during intense exchanges in the Commons lasting two hours.

It followed the Prime Minister earlier repeatedly refusing to guarantee that a fuller version of Gray’s work would see the light of day.

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"No 10 confirms full Gray report will be published," tweeted the BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg tonight.

The PA news agency separately reported that Downing Street said an updated report by Gray would be published following the conclusion of the police investigation.

A No 10 spokesperson said: “Given the police have said they are investigating a number of events, it would not be appropriate to comment further while the Met’s investigation is ongoing.

“But, at the end of the process, the Prime Minister will ask Sue Gray to update her work in light of what is found. He will publish that update.

“However the Prime Minister is clear we must not judge an ongoing investigation and his focus now is on addressing the general findings.”

During the heated exchanges in the Commons, former PM Theresa May lead a Tory backbench attack on the PM, now under police investigation.

She asked: "The Covid regulations imposed significant restrictions on the freedoms of members of the public. They had a right to expect their Prime Minister to have read the rules, to understand the meaning of the rules—and, indeed, those around them him to have done so, too—and to set an example in following those rules. 

"What the Gray report does show is that No. 10 Downing Street was not observing the regulations they had imposed on members of the public, so either my right hon. Friend had not read the rules, or did not understand what they meant—and others around him—or they did not think the rules applied to No. 10. Which was it?"

The PM said she should wait to see the conclusion of the police inquiry.
Fellow Tory backbencher Andrew Mitchell told the Commons he no longer supported Johnson: "Does my right hon. Friend recall that ever since he joined the party’s candidates list 30 years ago, and until we got him into No. 10, he has enjoyed my full-throated support? But I am deeply concerned by these events, and very concerned indeed by some of the things he has said from that Dispatch Box, and has said to the British public and to our constituents. 

"When he kindly invited me to see him 10 days ago, I told him that I thought he should think very carefully about what was now in the best interests of our country, and of the Conservative party. I have to tell him that he no longer enjoys my support."

Another Conservative backbencher also attacked the PM.

Bernard Jenkin said Tory back benchers did not need to be told how "to dispose of a failing leader?"

He added: "Will he also, when he is restructuring No. 10, concentrate on the fact that the country wants results? We cannot see the point of such a large No. 10 superstructure; it needs to be slimmed down and streamlined. May I commend his determination to restore Cabinet government? It is on results, over the next few months, that he will be judged."

A fourth Tory MP Julian Lewis demanded in the Commons that the Gray report be published in full.
"It is truly in his interest, in the Government’s interest and in the national interest that he should insist on receiving the full, unredacted report immediately, as I believe he can, and that he should then publish the uncensored version without any further delay," said Lewis.

Earlier Downing Street said it received the update from the inquiry team at around 11.20am on Monday, after Gray and Johnson spoke briefly a day earlier.

The publication of the Gray inquiry was thrown into disarray last week when Scotland Yard requested that Gray makes only "minimal reference" to events that officers are investigating.

Johnson told the public to "wait and see" what both the Gray and police inquiries have to say when questioned about fears the report will be a "whitewash" during a visit to a freeport in Tilbury, Essex, to mark the second anniversary of Brexit.

The Prime Minister has publicly said he is "deeply sorry for misjudgments" surrounding events in No 10, but insisted no-one warned him a garden party in the first lockdown would be against the rules.

In private, however, he is said to have told Conservative MPs who may oust him as Prime Minister over the saga that he has done nothing wrong.

Asked about those remarks, during a visit to a freeport in Tilbury, Essex, Johnson said: "You're going to have to wait and see the outcome of the investigations but, of course, I stick absolutely to what I've said in the past."

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Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick announced last week that officers have begun an investigation into alleged Covid breaches in Downing Street and wider Government, after being handed information from the Gray inquiry.

But doubts were cast over the publication of the Whitehall report when the force controversially asked Gray to limit what she writes about events under investigation by officers.

Concerned over the prospect of jeopardising a police inquiry, Gray was understood to have complied with the Met's request.

Seven Tory MPs have so far publicly told Johnson to resign over the scandal, but more are believed to have written to Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee of Conservative MPs, calling for a vote of no confidence.
More MPs still have said they would wait for the outcome of the Gray inquiry, with 54 letters to Sir Graham required to trigger a vote of no confidence.