SUE Gray, the top mandarin who busted Boris Johnson over Partygate, resigned from the civil service today to work for Labour.

Ms Gray is set to be named as Sir Keir Starmer's new Chief of Staff.

But the move will first be investigated by the Cabinet Office, which confirmed afternoon it is "reviewing the circumstances under which she resigned".

A spokesperson said: “We can confirm that Sue Gray has resigned from the post of Second Permanent Secretary in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

"This was accepted by the department Permanent Secretary and Cabinet Secretary with immediate effect.

“We will not be commenting further on individual personnel matters. We are reviewing the circumstances under which she resigned."

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Ms Gray will have to wait at least three months before she can start working for Sir Keir, as per the Civil Service code.

And she'll also have to get the nod from Rishi Sunak, who has the final say over career moves out of Whitehall.

A senior government source told The Sun: “This doesn’t smell right at all.

"Serious questions need to be asked about how this has come about.”


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The resignation comes as Tory MPs gather in the posh Windsor Fairmont Hotel for an overnight away day, where they'll seek to heal bitter divides in the party.

Attendees were raging as the news of the resignation broke.

Red Wall MP Brendan Clarke-Smith said: "As a former Cabinet Office minister myself, I am genuinely shocked to see this.

"After the events of last year, people will quite understandably be questioning the appropriateness of this appointment, including issues of impartiality."

Ms Gray shot to fame in 2021 when she took over the No10 partygate probe from Simon Case.

She spent months reading hundreds of witness accounts and interviewing scores of Downing Street staff about illegal boozing at the heart of government.

In her final report, Ms Gray tore into Boris Johnson, describing "failures of leadership and judgment" inside No10.

The mandarin said "too little thought" was often given to the public's hardship during the pandemic.

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And she blasted the booze culture inside government, demanding changes in behaviour be made.

The probe contributed to the downfall of Boris Johnson, who resigned as PM just two month after its full findings were published.

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