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- Cummings claimed Boris Johnson ‘s ‘disastrous’ handling of the pandemic had cost tens of thousands of lives
- He told MPs that senior ministers and advisers, including himself, had fallen ‘disastrously short’
- Mr Cummings launched attacks on Mr Johnson, Carrie Symonds and Health Secretary Matt Hancock
- He said the Health Secretary ‘should have been fired for at least 15 to 20 things, including lying’
PUBLISHED: 22:08, 26 May 2021 | UPDATED: 01:31, 27 May 2021
Launching a dramatic bid to bring down the Prime Minister, he blamed a toxic mix of complacency and indecision for the needless deaths.
He told MPs that senior ministers and advisers, including himself, had fallen ‘disastrously short’, adding: ‘When the public needed us most, the Government failed. Tens of thousands of people died, who didn’t need to die.’Dailymail.co.uk: News, Sport, Showbiz, Celebrities from Daily MailPauseNext video0:00 / 2:04SettingsFull-screenRead More
In an extraordinary seven-hour performance, Mr Cummings launched vicious attacks on Mr Johnson, his fiancée Carrie Symonds and Health Secretary Matt Hancock over their personal conduct during the crisis. Mr Cummings claimed the Prime Minister had been ‘unfit’ for office when Covid struck and was not a ‘fit and proper person’ to lead Britain out of the pandemic.
He said the Prime Minister had dismissed Covid as a ‘scare story’, leading to delays in bringing in lockdowns, which cost many thousands of lives. And he claimed to have heard Mr Johnson rant that he would rather see dead bodies ‘piled high in their thousands’ than order a third lockdown last autumn – a claim the PM has denied.
The former Vote Leave boss also launched a blistering attack on Mr Hancock, accusing him of ‘criminal, disgraceful behaviour’.+9
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He said the Health Secretary ‘should have been fired for at least 15 to 20 things, including lying’.
He alleged Mr Hancock had lied to the PM over the disastrous policy of not testing older people for Covid before they were discharged from hospital into care homes
Mr Cummings also fired grenades at Miss Symonds. He said she had diverted the Prime Minister’s attention from critical lockdown decisions in March last year by going ‘completely crackers’ about a newspaper story claiming the couple hated their dog, Dilyn. And he claimed she had interfered in a key No 10 appointment in a way that was ‘not only completely unethical but which was also clearly illegal’.
Last night, furious senior Tories blasted back at Mr Cummings, who quit No 10 after a losing a power struggle with Miss Symonds last year. They said he appeared more interested in ‘settling scores’ than getting to the truth.
Mr Hancock will publicly hit back at a Downing Street press conference today where he is expected to directly address the most contentious claims.
One ally last night branded Mr Cummings a ‘total hypocrite’ for criticising Mr Hancock’s drive to increase Covid testing, while also saying that initial testing capacity had been woefully inadequate.
The ally flatly denied that Mr Hancock had lied about care home policy, but acknowledged it had taken longer than anyone wanted to introduce testing because of a shortage of capacity.+9
Mr Cummings also fired grenades at Miss Symonds. He said she had diverted the Prime Minister’s attention from critical lockdown decisions in March last year by going ‘completely crackers’ about a newspaper story claiming the couple hated their dog, DilynCummings: Carrie was ‘desperate to get rid of me and my team’Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipMuteCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time4:56FullscreenNeed Text