Dominic Cummings to address Covid inquiry about Boris Johnson’s No 10

The Downing Avenue official dubbed “Social gathering Marty” and former chief adviser to Boris Johnson Dominic Cummings are amongst these scheduled to present testimony to the Covid inquiry this week. 

After 4 months of hearings, the accounts given by Cummings, Martin Reynolds in addition to Lee Cain, his ex-communications chief, will present doubtlessly damning perception into the work of Boris Johnson’s Downing Avenue operation.

Reynolds, or “Social gathering Marty”, was so dubbed after it was revealed he despatched an e-mail to greater than 100 Downing Avenue workers a couple of “carry your individual booze” occasion throughout the first lockdown. 

He will probably be questioned by the inquiry this morning in a session starting at 10.30 am. 


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Cummings takes centre stage on Tuesday in his first main public look since his proof session earlier than a committee MPs on the identical matter of two years in the past.

In that look, Cummings accused Johnson of not taking Covid critically initially and urged he modified his thoughts 10 occasions a day. He added that former well being secretary Matt Hancock ought to have been sacked for mendacity.

He additionally mentioned that his personal journey to Barnard Fortress, in County Durham, when he had Covid in 2020, which prompted his excuse that the tour was to check his eyesight, had been a “horrible mistake”.

Former chancellor George Osborne has claimed that “disgusting and misogynistic” WhatsApp messages despatched by Johnson and Cummings will probably be launched as a part of the inquiry’s workings this week.

Osborne advised his podcast, co-hosted with former Labour cupboard minister Ed Balls: “From what I perceive, there are some fairly staggering issues which have been mentioned on these WhatsApp messages … not simply by Boris Johnson, however key advisers like Dominic Cummings. Actually fairly disgusting language and misogynistic language.”

Alongside Cummings, Cain and Reynolds, different inquiry classes this week contain former Deputy Cupboard Secretary Helen MacNamara on Wednesday, former NHS England Chief Government Simon Stevens and DHSC perm sec Chris Wormald on Thursday.

The complete record of attendees and timings might be discovered here. 

One notable absentee throughout this week’s spherical of proof classes will probably be cupboard secretary Simon Case who’s on medical go away. 

As a part of the inquiry’s proceedings, final week it was additionally revealed that scientific advisers had referred to Rishi Sunak as “Dr Demise” following the Eat Out to Assist Out scheme.

The trade occurred on 20 September 2020, with the message despatched by Dame McLean.

Lead counsel Hugo Keith requested Professor John Edmunds whether or not the feedback might have been made in relation to the “eat out to assist out” scheme, championed by Sunak, which ran in August 2020.

Professor Edmunds replied: “Truthfully, it’s so way back I wouldn’t know, however it might properly be.”

Naomi Fulop, spokesperson for Covid-19 Bereaved Households for Justice UK, responded on the time: “This inquiry has made clear that there was completely no session with the federal government’s scientific advisers on Eat Out to Assist Out, that it contributed to the lack of 1000’s of lives, put pointless strain on the NHS and plunged the nation right into a brutal second lockdown.

“It’s insufferable to assume that if it wasn’t for Rishi Sunak’s reckless, unscientific and callous strategy, my mum may nonetheless be with me.

“When our present chief scientific adviser has referred to our prime minister as ‘Dr Demise’, how can any of us place confidence in our authorities if one other pandemic strikes?”.

This newest batch of WhatsApp messages and emails proven on the Covid inquiry additionally appeared to point that Dame McLean referred to as Stephen Powis, the medical director of NHS England, a “f***wit

Earlier this month, the inquiry heard that Angela McLean, who’s now the federal government’s chief scientific adviser, referred to a different main scientist, Carl Heneghan, as a “fuckwit”. is the UK’s main digital-only political web site, offering complete protection of UK politics. Subscribe to our each day e-newsletter right here.