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Cummings ready to testify that Boris rejected his lockdown advice

But the PM and Rishi Sunak argued that 'we can't justify it now' - so it didn't happen

As many hospitals struggle to cope with a surge of Covid-19 patients, the most important judgement yet to be made about 2020 is how much difference it would have made had England been pre-emptively locked down in September.

This is not an academic question. Because there were two separate occasions in September when the prime minister’s political and scientific advisers urged him to impose tough national restrictions and suppress the incidence of the virus back to low levels.

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