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U.K. Civil Servant Running Johnson Party Probe Stands Down

  • Simon Case hands investigation to another senior civil servant
  • Decision compounds embarrassment for Johnson’s premiership
Simon Case

Simon Case

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Simon Case, the civil servant spearheading the investigation into whether the prime minister’s office and other government departments hosted lockdown-breaking parties last year, has stepped back from the role following reports that he hosted a similar event at the time.

In a statement late Friday, Downing Street said Case had recused himself from the process to “ensure the ongoing investigation retains public confidence.” Sue Gray, a senior civil servant at the government’s housing department, will now lead the inquiry.