Boris Johnson ‘using officials as scapegoats’ for Partygate

Comp by Boris Johnson and Simon Case

Boris Johnson’s prime ministership could be on the line as full Partygate report is released (Images: PA)

Boris Johnson is expected to throw his cabinet secretary under the bus over the Downing Street parties in 2020 and 2021 to save his job, sources say.

Following reports of a “secret meeting” with Sue Gray over the Partygate saga a few weeks ago, there are concerns the Prime Minister is looking for a scapegoat.

Whitehall officials believe the man who is said to be taking the blame is Civil Service chief Simon Case, who was not fined by the Metropolitan Police.

Ms Gray’s report could be even more damaging to the Tory leader than the fine he was given in April for attending his own birthday party, according to a senior figure.

They stressed “it will make clear” that the Prime Minister was involved in other events that may have breached Covid-19 but for which police have not fined him.

“Based on my expectation from what I know, it will be the real deal. There will be details. There will be evidence,” the source told the Guardian.

Boris Johnson in front of number 10

The PM has only been fined for the lockdown breaches (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

‘She [Ms Gray] will say this is under your supervision, this is your house, all that stuff.’

As the UK’s most senior civil servant, Mr Case is expected to be heavily criticized in Ms Gray’s report for allowing a widespread drinking culture to develop and for two years of breaking rule-breaking parties.

Officials believe he will be forced to offer his resignation or be fired by Mr Johnson.

“That’s probably the reason for him [Mr Case] is still there,” a source said. “Because Mr. Johnson needs a body.”

Mr Gray is due to release the long-awaited report in the middle of next week and the Prime Minister is preparing to make a statement to the House of Commons.

Cabinet Secretary Simon Case

Sources say Cabinet Secretary Simon Case is heavily criticized in the report (Image: PA)

She was forced to delay the release of the damning document after Met police launched their own investigation into the allegations.

After handing out a total of 126 Covid fines – making Downing Street and Whitehall the most heavily penalized places in the country – the force closed the high-profile inquiry, which led to several Tory MPs calling for the Prime Minister’s resignation earlier this year .

Mr Johnson, along with his wife Carrie and Chancellor Rishi Sunak, were fined for his infamous ‘ambush by cake’ birthday party.

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