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Partygate: Met Police denies delaying publication of Sue Gray report

The Metropolitan Police has said it is not seeking to delay the publication of a report into lockdown-busting parties held in Downing Street and across Whitehall.

In a statement on Friday evening, Commander Catherine Roper said: “We have not delayed this report and the timing of its release is a matter for the Cabinet Office inquiry team.”

Scotland Yard also confirmed they have received the information requested from the Cabinet Office to support the investigation into potential breaches of COVID regulations in Westminster.

Earlier, police cast doubt over when the report would be published after it called for “minimal reference” to be made to the events it is investigating.

The force said: “For the events the Met is investigating, we asked for minimal reference to be made in the Cabinet Office report.

“The Met did not ask for any limitations on other events in the report, or for the report to be delayed, but we have had ongoing contact with the Cabinet Office, including on the content of the report, to avoid any prejudice to our investigation.”

Sky News understands that Sue Gray, the senior civil servant leading the inquiry, will comply with the request and is assessing whether she is in a position to finish the process or whether there will be a delay.

However, lawyers have questioned the Met request, with one describing it as “absolute nonsense”.

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