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Boris Johnson could try to mimic Tony Blair’s “masochism strategy” to cling onto power after Sue Gray’s full report into the Partygate scandal is finally published.

If the report drops tomorrow morning, the Prime Minister will spend all of Wednesday in front of cameras following the results of the senior civil servant’s internal inquiry.

After taking part in Prime Minister’s Questions at noon, Johnson will make a statement in which he is expected to apologise and vow to stay on in Number 10.

He will then hold a press conference, before coming face-to-face with his own Tory backbenchers at the 1922 Committee in an attempt to appease his disgruntled colleagues.

It’s a similar approach to the one Blair took during the run-up to the Iraq War, when he deliberately faced hostile audiences to show he was engaging with their concerns. 

It comes as fresh evidence emerges that the Prime Minister attempted to block and alter the publication of Gray’s supposedly independent report during a “secret” meeting.

Fingers are also being pointed at the PM by junior staffers, as well as senior MPs, for instigating lockdown bashes in his own backyard when the rest of the country was under lockdown.

Johnson may attempt to soften the blow further by overhauling his inner circle to deflect some of the blame away from him, with rumours Simon Case is to stand down as Cabinet Office Secretary.

Even if his Blair-like stratagem works, Johnson still has a daunting date with the Privileges Committee on whether he deliberately misled Parliament. All eyes are keenly focused on the House of Commons Library website. The Hound will bring you Sue Gray’s report as soon as it comes.