Well there we go. The remit of the report is (unsurprisingly) rather limited.
So what might we expect from the report?
A very detailed description of the events in question (when, where, how long, who attended etc etc).
Perhaps some discourse as to whether the events constituted parties.
Some consideration as to whether the events should result in further HR type action for civil servants involved.
If necessary, a referral to Geidt (ministerial code) and the police.
What might we not expect from the report?
Any conclusion as to whether the events constituted a breach of the law.
Any conclusion re the PM’s conduct.
Nor, on the other hand, do I expect the report to exonerate anyone from anything (including the PM).
I suspect that the political strategy of ‘waiting patiently for the findings of the report’ is based on the necessarily limited nature of the report.
As a result, when the report is published and it makes (say) no finding as to the PM’s conduct victory will be declared.
This doesn’t at all mean that the report will not be politically damaging.
A detailed description of the events will not make for pleasant reading.
And the report may be politically important but have little impact on public opinion (which is in effect jury versus investigator).
In addition, it is entirely possible that the report might discover other party adjacent events.

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