Former Norfolk MP: Civil servant probing lockdown parties 'no patsy'

Undated handout photo issued by GOV.UK of Sue Gray, second permanent secretary at the Department for

Sue Gray, who is investigating the government lockdown parties. - Credit: PA

The civil servant leading the inquiry into the government's lockdown parties is "no patsy", a former Norfolk MP has said.

Sue Gray was initially appointed to investigate claims that Downing Street staff held a party on December 18 two years ago - during Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

But her remit has now extended to the 'bring your own booze' event on May 20 that year - which prime minister Boris Johnson has apologised for attending.

She is also investigating a third gathering in the Downing Street garden five days previously.

Broadland MP Keith Simpson

Former Broadland MP Keith Simpson. - Credit: Archant

And former Broadland Conservative MP Keith Simpson said he was confident her investigation would be robust - and could yet signal the end for Mr Johnson.

He said: "I have met her and she is a very formidable woman. She is not going to be a patsy. It will be interesting to see what she says and what she says about Boris Johnson in her report."

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