Boris Johnson 'has confidence' in Matt Hancock despite Cummings allegations

Downing Street insisted that Boris Johnson has full confidence in Matt Hancock despite a serious of damning allegations about his handling of the pandemic.

Dominic Cummings told MPs that the Health Secretary should have been fired for coronavirus failings, including claims of “criminal, disgraceful behaviour” to meet a key testing target.

Mr Cummings, the PM’s former top aide, also blamed Mr Hancock for residents returning to care homes without being tested and accused him of lying in public and in meetings.

Asked about the allegation, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “I don’t plan to get into every allegation or claim made today.

“At all times the Prime Minister and the Health and Care Secretary have been working closely to protect public health during the pandemic, that’s been the case throughout and continues to be so.”

Dominic Cummings gives evidence to MPs on the Government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic
Dominic Cummings gives evidence to MPs on the Government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic

Pressed if Mr Johnson still has confidence in the Health Secretary, the spokesman said: “Yes, the Health Secretary has been working closely with the Prime Minister throughout and has been fully focused on protecting the health and care system and saving lives.”

This breaking story is being updated.


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