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Sue Gray: Johnson grilled by MPs after Gray finds 'failures of leadership'

The PM says he is sorry after a report into parties in Downing Street finds behaviour that "is difficult to justify" as the Met Police investigate 12 events.

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It’s been quite a day in Westminster. Let’s reflect on some of the key moments as we draw our live coverage to a close.

Gray day: After weeks of anticipation and waiting, Sue Gray handed over her initial findings on lockdown parties in No 10 and government to the prime minister, who published them and then made a statement to MPs.

Gray said what she could publish was limited because the Met Police is also investigating but in a damning passage she blamed "failures of leadership and judgment" at No 10 and in the Cabinet Office.

You can read our summary of the key findings here.

Met matters: Gray’s update revealed the Met Police is investigating 12 parties in Downing Street and other government buildings. In a statement, the force said it will review “more than 300 images and over 500 pages of information”.

MPs react: An ill-tempered session of questions followed the PM’s statement. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said the British people believed Johnson should "do the decent thing and resign", while the SNP's Ian Blackford was told to leave the chamber after saying Boris Johnson had lied.

Full disclosure: MPs from across the House called for Gray’s report to be published in full when the police investigation concludes. Johnson didn't commit to this but No 10 now says Gray will update her report and it will be published.

Tories meet: The prime minister then addressed the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative MPs. Johnson reportedly gave an impassioned speech referencing how he almost died from Covid, and promised much closer relations between No 10 and the parliamentary Conservative party.

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