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The Sue Gray report: how bad is it really for Boris Johnson?

The enquiry into Downing Street parties is complete – and the findings are damning.

Sue Gray’s long-awaited report has been published at last. It contains lurid details of excessive drinking and partying at Downing Street during lockdown, as well as a “lack of respect and poor treatment” towards cleaners and security guards. But what does it mean for Boris Johnson?

Anoosh Chakelian, Rachel Cunliffe, Freddie Hayward and Harry Lambert discuss the mood among Tory MPs and why they continue to support Johnson, the “God complex” in Downing Street that created a culture of rule-breaking, and whether the police investigation has in fact saved the PM.

Then in You Ask Us, a listener wonders: what would it take for Tory MPs to oust Johnson?

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