Robert Peston

Cummings will not pull his punches

Cummings will not pull his punches
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Dominic Cummings will not pull his punches when criticising the Prime Minister when he appears before MPs on Wednesday morning.

In evidence to MPs on the combined health and science committees, he will allege Boris Johnson said 'Covid is only killing 80-year-olds' when delaying lockdown in the autumn.

Cummings will say that the PM insisted he wouldn’t repeat what he saw as his mistake of March when being pressurised over the possible collapse of the NHS, and added that 'I’m going to be the mayor of Jaws, like I should have been in March'.

As I have reported, potentially the most damaging testimony from Johnson’s former chief aide is likely to be around his failed attempt to persuade the prime minister to lock down in September.

I’ve asked Downing Street for a response. So far they have declined to say anything.

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Robert Peston is Political Editor of ITV News and host of the weekly political discussion show Peston. His articles originally appeared on his ITV News blog.

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