Ever since claims of lockdown parties first emerged, our local Conservative MPs have largely seemed reluctant to speak too freely about the scandal - insisting they would rather wait for the report into the allegations to be published.

So, now that civil servant Sue Gray has finally completed her 60-page report - concluding that many of the events "should not have been allowed to happen" and that "senior leadership at the centre, both political and official, must bear responsibility" - what do they say?

We asked all our MPs for their reaction, and whether prime minister Boris Johnson's position remains tenable.

This is what they said:

Peter Aldous (Conservative, Waveney)

Mr Aldous had in February called for the prime minister to resign, saying at the time: "I fear that trust in our prime minister - who in many ways is quite a remarkable man - has evaporated, and I do fear that it's not going to come back."

In comments on Wednesday (May 25), following the report's publication, he said: "My position is as it has been for the last four or five months.

"From my perspective, I need to read the report from Sue Gray in full and listen to what comes out over the remainder of the day before making some further considered comment."

After reading the report, Mr Aldous said on Thursday: "I am afraid it really did confirm the view I had expressed earlier - and that remains the situation now."

Richard Bacon (Conservative, South Norfolk)

Eastern Daily Press: Richard Bacon, Conservative MP for South NorfolkRichard Bacon, Conservative MP for South Norfolk (Image: Richard Townshend Photography)

Mr Bacon said: "I don't think it changes anything. There's not really a lot there that's new.

"I think it suggests that the prime minister did what I always thought he did, which was go into a room because he was asked to, to thank a lot of people, who'd been working very hard, 18 hours a day, trying to keep the show on the road while he was, among other things, nearly dying in intensive care because he got Covid himself.

"I continue to support the prime minister. I actually don't care now whether Nicola Sturgeon forgot to put her mask back on when she went into a barber shop, or whether Keir Starmer was drinking beer while at work, or whether Boris [Johnson] was offered cake at the office, or whether he had a drink at the office.

"One of his jobs is to support, encourage, and thank his staff."

While Mr Bacon admitted there had been criticism of an alleged drinking culture in Downing Street, he said it was not something he had experienced there.

He said: "I think if you were to look hard enough around many public services, who were heavily involved in the pandemic, and working 24 hours, you'd probably find people letting their hair down a bit too freely, because they were working so bloody hard and the tension and the pressure was so extraordinary. I don't think this is necessarily any different.

"Were mistakes made? Undoubtedly, and the prime minister has apologised and said he's very sorry and indeed humbled by it. But we have other important matters going on.

"I'm particularly sorry for those people who were unable to see their loved ones in a care home for example, in the last days of their lives.

"But I think we do have to ask the question: was that the right decision?

"I understand why it was taken - to protect people in a situation where we didn't really know what we were dealing with - but I think we did not pay enough attention to the rights of the people in those care homes, and their loved ones.

"In the last hours and days of their lives, they had, I think, the right to see the people who loved them, and I think that was the wrong call. I also think it was wrong to close all the schools, actually, and we should have kept going. A lot of kids have suffered a lot of educational damage because of that.

"But 20:20 hindsight's an easy thing. We were looking at an extremely difficult situation."

He added that he judges the prime minister "on his whole record", and highlighted the success of the UK's vaccine rollout and furlough programme.

He also claimed voters were not interested in partygate and were more concerned by the cost of living, which he said had been exacerbated by the war in Ukraine.

Duncan Baker (Conservative, North Norfolk)

Eastern Daily Press: Duncan Baker, Conservative MP for North NorfolkDuncan Baker, Conservative MP for North Norfolk (Image: Richard Townshend Photography)

Mr Baker did not respond.

George Freeman (Conservative, Mid Norfolk)

Eastern Daily Press: George Freeman, Conservative MP for Mid NorfolkGeorge Freeman, Conservative MP for Mid Norfolk (Image: Richard Townshend Photography)

Mr Freeman said on Wednesday he was too busy with government business to respond, but on Thursday, he clarified that he had declined to comment because he wanted the time to read the report in full, which he has now done.

In response to the report, the Mid Norfolk MP called for "serious changes" to be made to “repair damaged public trust”.

Brandon Lewis (Conservative, Great Yarmouth)

Eastern Daily Press: Brandon Lewis, Conservative MP for Great YarmouthBrandon Lewis, Conservative MP for Great Yarmouth (Image: Richard Townshend Photography)

Mr Lewis did not respond to our request for comment. He did however tweet: "The MET investigation has concluded and Sue Gray has completed and published her report.

"The PM has apologised unreservedly and is already implementing her recommendations for change.

"We must now get on and deliver for the British public, as they rightly expect."

Jerome Mayhew (Conservative, Broadland)

Eastern Daily Press: Jerome Mayhew, Conservative MP for BroadlandJerome Mayhew, Conservative MP for Broadland (Image: Richard Townshend Photography)

Mr Mayhew said: "The greatest criticism in the Sue Gray report is not about the personal attendance of the prime minister at events.

"We already know from the police investigation that the only breach of the rules by the PM himself was when he was surprised by his wife with a birthday cake celebration.

"It is the justified criticism of the senior leadership at the centre, both political and official, for the wider culture across the department that No 10 has grown in to.

"The prime minister has fully accepted his responsibility, instigating deep changes to how No 10 operates.

"I am glad to see that Sue Gray confirms that she is pleased by the progress being made to address these issues.

"The prime minister’s new chief of staff, Steve Barclay MP, has done so much to improve the No 10 operation so it is in good shape to tackle the really serious challenges that we all face: the battle against global inflation, the war in Ukraine, encouraging economic growth, international migration, the NHS backlog, access to GPs and dentistry, particularly here in Norfolk, and much more."

Chloe Smith (Conservative, Norwich North)

Eastern Daily Press: Chloe Smith, Conservative MP for Norwich NorthChloe Smith, Conservative MP for Norwich North (Image: Richard Townshend Photography)

Ms Smith said she would publish a statement with her thoughts on the report's findings on her website "in due course for constituents".

In the statement, published on Thursday morning, Ms Smith said the report "contains concerning details" but that she had "no more to add" to her previous remarks on the situation.

Liz Truss (Conservative, South West Norfolk)

Eastern Daily Press: Liz Truss, Conservative MP for South West NorfolkLiz Truss, Conservative MP for South West Norfolk (Image: Richard Townshend Photography)

Ms Truss did not respond to our request for comment. She did however tweet: "The Prime Minister has apologised and taken responsibility for the mistakes that have been made.

"I back him 100% - we now need to drive our economy forward post-COVID and ensure Putin loses in Ukraine."

James Wild (Conservative, North West Norfolk)

Eastern Daily Press: James Wild, Conservative MP for North West NorfolkJames Wild, Conservative MP for North West Norfolk (Image: Richard Townshend Photography)

Mr Wild did not respond.

Clive Lewis (Labour, Norwich South)

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Mr Lewis - who has been less reticent than Tory MPs - said: "This is extremely disappointing, but at the same time, completely unsurprising.

"This is a government and a prime minister that seems to believe it's not only above the law, but doesn't have to obey any of the rules that constitute decent politics in our country.

"But we should all be aware that this goes so much deeper than just the behaviour of one person.

"Our current political and economic system encourages this kind of behaviour and does very little to restrain it at the moment - and that needs to change."

In a tweet, Mr Lewis also drew attention to the "lack of respect and poor treatment of security and cleaning staff" which Ms Gray identified in her report.

"Remember at the same time they arrogantly disrespected these key-workers & endangered their lives, they were blocking pay rises & decent sick pay for them", Mr Lewis wrote.