Metropolitan Police have asked for “minimal reference” in Sue Gray’s partygate report to the events it is investigating.
That senior official investigates a number of events in Downing Street and across Whitehall, who is alleged to have broken shutdown rules.
Her report, which is likely to have a significant impact on Boris Johnson‘s future as Prime Minister has not yet been delivered to number 10.
Separately, the Metropolitan Police are investigating partygate events to see if any laws were broken.
This morning, the force said: “For the events that the Met is investigating, we asked for minimal reference in the Cabinet Office’s report.
“The Met did not ask for any restrictions on other events in the report, or for the report to be delayed, but we have been in constant contact with the Cabinet Office, including on the contents of the report, to avoid any harm to our investigation.”
Westminster has been prepared for the publication of the Gray report this week, but this latest police statement raises doubts about the timing of it.
Asked on Sky News on Friday whether number 10 had received the document, Technology Minister Chris Philp said: “I spoke to someone in Downing Street about half an hour ago and they certainly did not suggest it had been received.
“So I do not know much more than you, but I certainly have no information right now that it has been received.”