IAN BLACKFORD has claimed that 'no one will accept a Westminster cover-up', following reports the UK government will only publish a heavily redacted version of Sue Gray's report. 

It comes after a day of several twists and turns of when and if the report would be published in full. 

The SNP Westminster leader said: “If the UK Government refuses to publish the full unredacted report it will prove, yet again, that Westminster is utterly corrupt and broken beyond repair.

“It won’t save Boris Johnson’s skin. It will only add to the calls for him to go.”

The BBC say they have been told on Friday evening that civil servant Sue Gray is expected to deliver her report on the No 10 parties to the Prime Minister without waiting for the police inquiry to conclude. 

It is not known when the report will be delivered but it's expected soon. 

Earlier, the Metropolitan Police said it had not delayed publication of the Sue Gray inquiry and stressed the timing of its release was a matter for the Cabinet Office.

Downing Street declined to comment on the statement.

Metropolitan Police officers are currently investigating possible breaches of Covid rules that could warrant fixed penalty notices rather than more serious offences, the PA news agency understands.

Commander Catherine Roper, who leads the Met’s Central Specialist Crime Command, said they had not delayed Sue Gray’s report and confirmed the timing of its release was a matter for the Cabinet Office.

She said detectives from the Special Enquiry Team, which is leading the investigation, were now examining the material handed over by the Cabinet Office “in detail to establish whether individuals attending the events in question may have breached the regulations. They will do so without fear or favour following our normal processes”.

She added: “In order to protect the integrity of the police investigation, as is appropriate in any case, and to be as fair as possible to those who are subject to it, the Met has asked for minimal reference to be made in the Cabinet Office report to the relevant events."