Dominic Cummings News live: Boris Johnson hits back at former aide
Hancock should have been fired for ‘at least 15-20 things’, says Cummings
Boris Johnson responded to Dominic Cummings’ claim that he was unfit to lead the UK response to the coronavirus by saying that “some of the comments I have heard have nothing to do with reality”.
The PM also said he had expressed his “clear” position on whether he would rather see “the bodies piling up” rather than impose another lockdown – which Mr Cummings told the MPs yesterday that he had heard Mr Johnson say. The Prime Minister denied it.
Earlier, Matt Hancock also denied a series of accusations by Mr Cummings, including that he repeatedly lied to officials and the public throughout the pandemic. Appearing before Members of the House of Commons to answer an urgent question on Thursday, Mr Hancock said “allegations not based on honesty are not true”.
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Matt MathersMay 27, 2021 12:35 PM
PM responds to say he is unfit to lead
Responding to Dominic Cummings’ claim that he was not a fit person to run the country, Boris Johnson just said: “I think it’s important for us to focus on what really matters to the people. from this country.
“I think, if I may say so, that some of the comments I have heard have nothing to do with reality.
“What people want us to pursue is deliver the road map and try – with caution – to move our country forward through what has been one of the most difficult times that I think anyone can remember. “
When asked if the public cares about Dominic Cummings ‘allegations, Boris Johnson spokesman said:’ I think the public wants the government to stick to its priorities – supporting the NHS, creating more jobs , support the economy as we emerge from the pandemic.
“This is what we are focusing on.”
Rob merrick has the whole story:
Jon sharmanMay 27, 2021 12:30 PM
Full story: Dominic Cummings claims ‘unfounded’, says Matt Hancock insisting he was ‘frank with the public’
Matt Hancock has denied allegations that he repeatedly lied to colleagues and the public during the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, write Jon stone and Andrew Woodcock.
Former Downing Street chief of staff Dominic Cummings told MPs on Wednesday the health secretary was nearly sacked by the prime minister for his conduct.
Responding to an urgent Labor question on the issue in the House of Commons on Thursday, Mr Hancock said he rejected the allegations “regarding honesty” – although he did not specifically address others.
Jon sharmanMay 27, 2021 12:25 PM
Johnson: We aimed to save lives
Appearing on Sky News this morning, Boris Johnson said his government was working to save lives throughout the pandemic.
He said: “At every step we have been ruled by a determination to protect lives and save lives and to ensure that our NHS is not overwhelmed.”
Jon sharmanMay 27, 2021 12:20 PM
Hancock insisted on nursing homes and testing
Labor MP Barbara Keeley lobbied Matt Hancock over one of Dominic Cummings’ main demands yesterday, regarding nursing home testing.
She asked: “Did he know that the discharge process did not require testing and did he sign this policy, which has led to thousands of preventable deaths of vulnerable people and many deaths of healthcare workers?”
The health secretary replied, “The challenge is that we need to build the testing capacity, and at that point of course I was focusing on protecting people in nursing homes and strengthening that. testing capacity so that we have the daily testing to be able to guarantee availability was more widespread. “
Jon sharmanMay 27, 2021 12:11 PM
Cummings’ silence … but how long will it last?
Cummings told MPs yesterday it would be better for everyone if he stayed away from politics now, after giving his testimony in parliament.
But how long will the old Vote Leave supremo stay true to its word?
There was no immediate sign of life on her Twitter account by late morning.
At the top of its page is a pinned post showing a whiteboard, illustrating what it claims to be the government’s early pandemic planning.
Matt MathersMay 27, 2021 11:54 a.m.
Case closed for Hancock?
Matt Hancock refuted claims made by Dominic Cummings yesterday in his explosive testimony in the Commons.
But which ones, exactly? There were several allegations during yesterday’s session. Interestingly, Hancock did not specifically mention Cummings in his response to MPs.
He said today: “These allegations which were made yesterday – and repeated by (Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth) – are serious allegations and I welcome the opportunity to come home to officially declare that these unsubstantiated claims of honesty are not true. “
Is that the end of the problem, and is Hancock safe now?
Boris Johnson hasn’t really gone out to fight for his health secretary and instead put ministers on the air to make his offer.
Throughout this pandemic, there have been repeated briefings by # 10 insiders to the media that Hancock will become the ‘fall guy’ for the government’s handling of the pandemic.
You wouldn’t bet against the Prime Minister throwing Hancock under the bus when it becomes politically expedient to do so. Yesterday No 10 did not deny the PM was considering sacking Hancock.
And the health secretary still faces questions over his comments that a “protective ring” was thrown in the nursing home sector at the start of the pandemic.
Matt MathersMay 27, 2021 11:24 AM
“What should I do to protect life?
Matt Hancock tells Commons that all he focused on was protecting life.
He said: “This is the job of the health secretary in the event of a pandemic.
“Every day since I started working on the response to this pandemic last January, I got up every morning and asked, ‘What should I do to protect life?
He added: “We have taken an approach of openness, transparency and explanation of both what we know and what we don’t know.”
Matt MathersMay 27, 2021 10:55 AM
Hancock denies Cummings’ claims
He said the claims made yesterday were “serious allegations”.
He said he welcomed the opportunity to state “formally” that these “unsubstantiated allegations of honesty are not true”.
The health secretary says he has been “frank with people in public and in private”.
Matt MathersMay 27, 2021 10:48 AM
Hancock updates Commons on Covid
Jonathan Ashworth asks Health Secretary to brief House on Covid readiness.
Matt Hancock said the government had been “upfront with the people” throughout the pandemic.
He says the pandemic is not yet over and the vaccination program has reached 73% of the adult population.
But he says the link between the cases and hospitalization has been broken.
Matt MathersMay 27, 2021 10:42 AM