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Scotland Yard said it had asked for references to matters it was currently investigating to be removed from Sue Gray’s report on parties held in breach of lockdown restrictions in Downing Street.

“For the events being investigated by the Met, we have requested that minimal reference be made in the Cabinet Office report,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement on Friday morning.

“The Met has not asked for any limitations on other events in the report, or for the report to be delayed, but we have had ongoing contact with the Cabinet Office, including on the content of the report, to avoid any prejudice to our investigation. .”

The force released the statement in response to questions from reporters about any role it had played in seeking to delay the report.

Boris Johnson has been told it’s ‘time for the truth to come out’ as he faces more calls to publish a long-awaited ‘partygate’ report in full and not ‘remove crucial details’.

Cabinet Office officials are still squabbling over the final version of Sue Gray’s findings on a string of alleged parties breaking Covid rules in Downing Street and other parts of government.

Although anticipation reached fever pitch earlier this week that the report over which the premiership could be suspended was nearing completion, its publication was delayed when Scotland Yard launched its own investigation.

Asked on Friday morning why the delivery of the Gray report had been delayed, a government minister told LBC: ‘You’ll have to ask Sue Gray that because the timing of the report is up to her.

“You will have seen, as I have seen, the speculation of the press, it is because they discuss with the lawyers and the police what can and cannot go there,” said the minister of the Technology, Chris Philp.

“But at the end of the day, I don’t know because it’s a report that she compiles independently and I have no visibility into what it may or may not contain or her thought process.”

Asked what he could offer in terms of defending the Prime Minister, Philp said he would not ‘speculate’ on what happened at No 10 amid claims that parties had taken place at the top of government during lockdown.

He added: “Like everyone else, I’m just going to wait for it to be published. I’ll read it very carefully when it comes out and I’m not going to speculate…what the report may or may not contain and what it may mean or not.

“Let’s just wait for him to come out. I hope it will be soon because I think we all want to be able to get over this.

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