The greatest criticism in the Sue Gray report Is not about the personal attendance of the Prime Minister at events. We already know from the Police investigation that the only breach of the rules by the PM himself was when he was surprised by his wife with a birthday cake celebration.
It is the justified criticism of the senior leadership at the centre, both political and official, for the wider culture across the department that No 10 has grown into. The Prime Minister has fully accepted his responsibility, instigating deep changes to how No 10 operates. I am glad to see that Sue Gray confirms that she is pleased by the progress being made to address these issues.
The Prime Minister’s new Chief of Staff, Steve Barclay MP, has done so much to improve the No 10 operation so it is in good shape to tackle the really serious challenges that we all face: the battle against global inflation, the war in Ukraine, encouraging economic growth, international migration, the NHS backlog, access to GPs and dentistry, particularly here in Norfolk, and much more.