Dominic Cummings 'yet to give written evidence to MPs on Covid claims'
Jeremy Hunt says Dominic Cummings is yet to provide MPs with any written evidence to back up bombshell claims about Government’s handling of Covid crisis as Matt Hancock prepares for his own grilling on Thursday after PM’s ex-aide accused him of lying
- Dominic Cummings made a series of bombshell claims to committee last month
- Jeremy Hunt said PM’s ex-aide yet to provide written evidence to back up claims
- Comes as Matt Hancock prepares for his own Covid grilling by MPs on Thursday
Dominic Cummings is yet to provide MPs with any written evidence to back up his bombshell claims about the Government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, Jeremy Hunt said today.
The former health secretary and chairman of the Health Select Committee said he was still waiting for the PM’s ex-aide to hand over physical proof to support the allegations he made.
Mr Cummings gave evidence in person to a joint session of the health and science select committees at the end of last month.
He launched a vicious assault on his former boss Boris Johnson, labelling him unfit to be premier, and repeatedly accused Health Secretary Matt Hancock of lying.
Mr Hancock, who has vehemently denied the claims made against him by Mr Cummings, is due to give evidence to the committees on Thursday this week.
Jeremy Hunt, the chairman of the Health Select Committee, said Dominic Cummings is yet to provide MPs with written evidence to support his bombshell claims against the Government
Mr Cummings saved his fiercest criticism for Matt Hancock when he gave evidence to MPs at the end of last month. The Health Secretary is due to give evidence to MPs on Thursday this week
Mr Hunt was asked this morning during an interview with Times Radio if Mr Cummings had provided MPs with written evidence to back up his claims, and he replied: ‘No, he has not.’
On what he will ask Mr Hancock later this week, Mr Hunt said: ‘Well, obviously, Dominic Cummings made some very serious allegations against him in particular, saying that he lied repeatedly.
‘So we will put those allegations to him, but we haven’t received the written evidence to back those claims up that we were expecting.
‘But we’ll be putting all those allegations to him to give him his rightful chance to respond.’
Mr Cummings saved his fiercest criticism for Mr Hancock when he gave evidence to MPs last month.
He attacked the Health Secretary over failings around the Government’s care homes policy, personal protective equipment (PPE) procurement and his public pledge on a coronavirus testing target.
He accused the Health Secretary of lying, being disastrously incompetent and claimed he should have been fired on multiple occasions during the course of the pandemic.
Mr Hancock hit back at the time, telling the House of Commons: ‘These unsubstantiated allegations around honesty are not true. I’ve been straight with people in public and in private throughout.’
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