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Matt Hancock has insisted he was “straight with people” throughout the Covid pandemic, after being accused of lying to ministers and the public by Dominic Cummings.
The health secretary defended his record, saying “there were unprecedented difficulties that come with preparations for an unprecedented event”, but urged his critics to “work together with a can-do spirit of positive collaboration”.
It comes after the prime minister’s former chief adviser delivered bombshell testimony on Wednesday about how the government grappled with fighting Covid in the run-up to the first lockdown.
Cummings personally accused Hancock of “lying to everybody on multiple occasions in meeting after meeting in the Cabinet room and publicly” – as well as “criminal” behaviour for holding back Covid tests so he could meet the 100,000 tests a day target by the end of April he set himself.
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Source: The Guardian
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