Covid-19 inquiry: Dominic Cummings set to give evidence amid Barnard Castle protest | Politics news
Having worked with Johnson in Downing Street during the pandemic, the previous election and during the Brexit impasse, Cummings has since become one of the former prime minister’s harshest critics.
by Tim Baker, political reporter
Tuesday 31 October 2023 00:31, United Kingdom
The number of people who have died from Covid-19 in the UK has been displayed on the walls of Barnard Castle – the night before Dominic Cummings is set to give evidence to the official inquiry into the virus and how the UK Government has dealt with it.
Message saying “231,332 deaths due to coronavirus – is this clear enough to read?” About the Notorious Immunization has been organized by the campaign group 38 Degrees and Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice in the UK.
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It is not certain when he will be called to testify, after the number of witnesses exceeded on Monday.
Martin Reynolds – now known as PartiMarti for his role in the Partigate case – spent hours reviewing how the government responded to the pandemic.
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He was a senior civil servant under Boris Johnson.
During his questioning by the inquiry, messages emerged that showed current civil service head Simon Case saying Johnson was unfit to lead due to his constant change of direction.
Mr. Case also claimed that government “isn’t actually that difficult, but this guy is Which makes it impossible“.
He is due to give evidence himself at some point, and is currently on medical leave from his role in Number 10.
Reynolds – who invited Downing Street staff to a ‘bring your own booze’ party – was only supposed to spend part of the evidence session on Monday morning before the inquiry, but ended up being invited until after lunch.
As such, former Downing Street communications director Lee Cain has been told he will not be heard on Monday and will instead speak on Tuesday morning.
Cummings is expected to appear Tuesday afternoon.
Having worked with Johnson in Downing Street during the pandemic, the previous election and during the Brexit impasse, Cummings has since become one of… The former prime minister’s harshest critic.
Messages released on Monday show him referring to Johnson as a “cart” due to his tendency to constantly change direction.
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Both Cummings and Kane had left Downing Street by the end of 2020, with Cummings claiming that Johnson’s wife had too much power.
Former Chancellor George Osborne warned last week that “disgusting and misogynistic” messages from the pandemic were likely to emerge this week.