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Sue Gray investigating two Downing Street parties held on eve of Prince Philip’s funeral

Sue Gray, the civil servant overseeing the probe into alleged lockdown-breaking government parties, is investigating the two leaving events held in Downing Street the night before Prince Philip’s funeral, the Telegraph understands. 

It means those present could be called in by Ms Gray to describe the events, which were revealed in the Telegraph yesterday. 

In recent weeks Ms Gray has asked for some Downing Street staff to hand in their phones as she looks at WhatsApp messages, according to Government sources. 

The event on April 16 2021 is the latest in a string of claims of alcohol-fuelled gatherings in Downing Street that allegedly broke lockdown rules. 

Her conclusions may be published late next week at the earliest, though the timings are unclear as fresh allegations continue reach the public domain. On the evening in question, Britain was in a period of public mourning while Covid restrictions banned indoor mixing.

One of the two events was a party for James Slack, Boris Johnson’s former director of communications. Mr Slack, who is now deputy editor of the Sun newspaper, this morning apologised “unreservedly for the anger and hurt caused”.

Damian Hinds, the security minister, pledged his full support for Boris Johnson during this morning’s media round, while Liz Truss, the Foreign Secretary, told the BBC “we now need to move on”.

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