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Dominic Cummings will be quizzed over government's handling of coronavirus pandemic by Tunbridge Wells MP Greg Clark


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A Kent MP will have a key role to play when Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister's former spin doctor and closest advisor, appears before a committee to be quizzed about coronavirus.

Tunbridge Wells MP Greg Clark, who is the chairman of the cross-party science and technology select committee, will lead the questioning of Mr Cummings about his role and the government's strategy for dealing with the pandemic.

Tunbridge Wells MP Greg Clark
Tunbridge Wells MP Greg Clark

The hearing could be explosive for the Prime Minister and others in the cabinet such as the Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

Mr Cummings will give evidence at two select committee lead by Mr Clark and former secretary of state for health Jeremy Hunt, who is now chair of the health and social care committee.

The Sevenoaks MP Laura Trott is also a member of the health select Committee.

Questions that Mr Cummings is likely to face include the government’s strategy for dealing with the virus and if comments attributed to the Prime Minister about not wanting to have another national lockdown were accurate.

It has been reported that the Prime Minister suggested that he would rather see bodies stacked up than have to impose another lockdown.

Dominic Cummings is expected to cause quite a stir. Picture: PA
Dominic Cummings is expected to cause quite a stir. Picture: PA

Mr Cummings was at the centre of a row after it emerged that he had possibly broken the regulations on movement during the first lockdown, when he famously drove to his family home in Durham during the peak of the first wave.

The Prime Minister's former chief aide has already giving a foretaste of what might be aired at the crucial meeting, which is scheduled to last three hours.

He fired off a series of tweets at the weekend in which he suggested the government was in chaos at the start of the outbreak and that it had no Plan B beyond allowing herd immunity to develop.

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