U.K. 'partygate' report blames culture of Johnson's office

She investigated 16 gatherings held.

Published - May 25, 2022 04:36 pm IST - London

A woman walks towards 10 Downing Street in London, on May 23, 2022.

A woman walks towards 10 Downing Street in London, on May 23, 2022. | Photo Credit: AP

A report into lockdown-breaching U.K. government parties says blame for a “culture” of rule-breaking in Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office must rest with those at the top.

Senior civil servant Sue Gray's long-awaited report was published Wednesday.

It said the “senior leadership team ... must bear responsibility” for a culture that allowed events to take place that “should not have been allowed to happen.” Ms. Gray said there had been “failures of leadership and judgment in No. 10,” a reference to Mr. Johnson's office.

She investigated 16 gatherings held while people in the U.K. were barred from socializing under coronavirus restrictions imposed by Mr. Johnson's government.

A separate police investigation resulted in 83 people getting fined, including Mr. Johnson.

The scandal has led to calls for Mr. Johnson to resign. He has apologized but denies personal wrongdoing.

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