No 10 workers did not feel they could speak up about how they were being treated, Sue Gray’s report said (Pictures: Getty/PA)
Her long-awaited report criticised ‘senior leaders’ for a culture that lead to Number 10 becoming the most Covid-law breaking area in the country.
In the course of her investigation, the top civil servant discovered security guards and cleaners were shown ‘a lack of respect and poor treatment’ during lockdown.
Multiple staff members told Ms Gray they had ‘witnessed or been subjected to behaviours at work which they had felt concerned about’.
In one disturbing example, a cleaner was left to deal with red wine spilt across a wall following a ‘party’ in the press office the night before.
Mr Johnson started today’s PMQs with this apology: ‘I have been as surprised and disappointed as anyone else in this House as the revelations have unfolded and, frankly, I have been appalled by some of the behaviour, particularly in the treatment of the security and the cleaning staff.
‘And I’d like to apologise to those members of staff and I expect anyone who behaved in that way to apologise to them as well.’
Sue Gray said multiple people told her about the ‘unacceptable’ treatment of workers in Downing Street (Picture: Reuters)
Sue Gray hopes new measures introduced will allow staff to speak up about their experiences more (Picture: Getty)
This section of Ms Gray’s report was called ‘particularly grim’ on social media, with some even saying it ‘made them sick’.
The civil servant also stressed many junior workers who illegally went to events ‘attended gatherings at which their seniors were present, or indeed organised’.
‘I hope this will be taken into account in considering any disciplinary action,’ she said.
Ms Gray found that one of the reasons for the ‘unacceptable’ behaviour was a lack of opportunities for staff to speak up.
But since then, ‘steps have been taken’ to create electronic, in-person or online ways for people to voice themselves.
‘I hope that this will truly embed a culture that welcomes and creates opportunities for challenge and speaking up at all levels,’ Ms Gray said.
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