A sleep coach who used to write reports for Boris Johnson and shares a name with the civil servant tasked with compiling a report into Partygate has been bombarded with emails from people mistaking her for her namesake.
Sue Gray, from Deal, in Kent, said she has received hundreds of messages from people expressing their views on the parties held in Downing Street.
The senior civil servant Sue Gray released a watered down version of her findings into lockdown parties involving Boris Johnson last week.
But the therapist – who previously worked for Mr Johnson – said she has been receiving messages from voters ever since her namesake became a household name.
The 65-year-old, who owns and operates Sue Gray – Help Me Sleep, said most people contacting her appeared to back the Prime Minister, but others have been ‘very upset’.
Sue Gray, from Deal, in Kent, who used to write reports for Boris Johnson, has been bombarded by people who have mistaken her for her civil servant namesake compiling the report into parties
The senior civil servant Sue Gray released a watered down version of her findings into lockdown parties involving Boris Johnson last week
She said: ‘It’s been really funny.
‘Because my email address is my name I’m getting emails from people thinking they’re contacting Sue Gray. I’ve had a few of those that are quite interesting.
‘People are very upset.
‘But usually people are very supportive and don’t think he’s done anything wrong.’
The therapist previously wrote reports for Mr Johnson in the late 2000s while working in the Homes and Communities Agency while he was mayor of London.
She said her family has a ‘long connection with Number 10 and 11’ Downing Street. Her father was called Gordon Brown and died in 2007, the same year his namesake became Prime Minister.
And her aunt, Edith Joy, was one of former Prime Minster David Lloyd George’s secretaries during the First World War.
She told BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House show: ‘At the moment, I’m a sleep coach and therapist but I used to also work for one of the government agencies and actually gave reports to Boris Johnson.’
She said people have tracked her down and have been given her ‘information and opinion’ on the matter that was brought before the other Sue Gray.
But she said nobody has given her any ‘inside information’.
Civil servant Sue Gray published a redacted version of her report at the end of last month and took aim at the Metropolitan Police for preventing her from providing a ‘meaningful report’ on 12 lockdown parties at Downing Street.
She revealed that she and her Cabinet Office team had interviewed more than 70 individuals for her inquiry into the lockdown-busting events.
Boris Johnson and staff pictured with wine in Downing Street garden in May 2020 – one of the parties being investigated by civil servant Sue Gray
After examining emails, WhatsApp messages and texts of No 10 staff, she collected more than 300 images and more than 500 pages of information that she has handed to the Metropolitan Police.
The Prime Minister is believed to appear in some of the 300 photos now in the hands of the Met. One report said that Mr Johnson was pictured in front of some wine bottles.
But she was forced to publish a radically scaled-down version of her report into what happened after Scotland Yard asked her to make only ‘minimal reference’ to the gatherings that it, too, is investigating.
Miss Gray insisted her 12-page document – which does not include any details or names – should be referred to as an ‘update’ rather than her complete report.
In it, she said it was ‘not possible at present to provide a meaningful report’ setting out all she discovered.