Downing Street officials have been accused of trying to water down Sue Gray’s report into the Partygate scandal, with requests for anonymity from staff who broke coronavirus rules and changing the way the so- saying “Abba party” was reported.

Partial versions of the findings were reportedly circulating in Number 10 the day before the final report was delivered on Wednesday, The Sunday Times reported.

Sources told the newspaper that Gray was urged by three senior officials not to release the names of some of those who attended the 12 events under investigation.

“Tuesday night a last attempt was made to persuade her [Gray] to omit names from the report, but she made it clear to them that the only way that was going to happen was to give him an instruction,” a Whitehall source said.

The newspaper claimed that key passages had been changed at the request of No 10, including the ‘Abba night’ party which would have taken place in the Prime Minister’s apartment in November 2020. An earlier project referring to the music played and indicating what time it would have been changed by Steve Barclay, Johnson’s chief of staff.

A government source told the Guardian that Barclay had not altered or influenced the report in any way.

The Cabinet Office rejected claims that the report had been changed due to pressure or that no events had been investigated due to requests from high profile figures.

They referred to wording in the report where Gray explained his rationale for stopping his investigation into what happened at the apartment Johnson shares with his wife, Carrie. Gray said she halted her work having gathered only “limited” information about the rally when the Metropolitan Police began their own investigation.

Gray’s 37-page report on party culture in Downing Street ultimately included nine photographs and named some senior officials.

The results detailed the course of each event, including a going away party on June 18, 2020 in which “one individual was ill” and “there was a minor altercation between two other individuals.”

The report included security logs revealing some staff continued to party until 4 a.m. after former communications director James Slack left, with cleaners testifying to wine spilling on walls at a another opportunity and messages warning drunken staff to leave through the back entrance. avoid being seen by journalists.

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Gray also pointed to a number of occasions where No 10 staff raised questions about continuing events or drunkenness in Downing Street, and had their concerns dismissed.

Johnson on Wednesday apologized to MPs for the culture that has grown in Downing Street during the pandemic, saying he took “full responsibility”.

However, the Prime Minister insisted that he considered it ‘one of the essential duties of leadership’ to attend departure events and thank departing staff, as ‘they should be recognized and thanked for the work they had done”.

He also said at a press briefing on Wednesday: “The first time I saw the report and read it in its entirety – and as far as I know the first member of my team has seen – that’s when we received it shortly after 10 a.m. this Morning.”