Who is Sue Gray, whose ‘Partygate’ report could decide Boris Johnson’s fate?

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson departs his Downing Street residence in London on Jan. 26. (Neil Hall/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
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Sue Gray, once a little-known British public servant, has been thrust into the spotlight as she investigates whether a string of lockdown parties at 10 Downing Street violated the country’s coronavirus restrictions.

In her hands is an official inquiry into the “Partygate” scandal that could imperil the leadership of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, if the findings are damning enough to force him to resign or turn his own party colleagues against him.

The latest allegation added to the list of bashes at Johnson’s office and residence: reports of a surprise party for his birthday in June 2020, with about 30 attendees.

While the country awaits the Sue Gray report, the career civil servant — more accustomed to helping maintain government order from behind the scenes — has become somewhat of a public icon, featuring in YouTube musical skits and inspiring a slew of memes.

How many lockdown parties did Boris Johnson and staff attend? Here’s a guide.

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