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Five things we’ve learned on day two of Hancock’s lockdown files

Matt Hancock (Credit: Getty images)

More revealing Matt Hancock messages dropped late last night as the Telegraph released another tranche of the former health secretary’s WhatsApps. Here are some of the stand-out lines on day two of the lockdown files: 

  1. Hancock mounted a ‘rearguard action’ to close schools

Matt Hancock said that then education secretary Gavin Williamson (who was ‘going absolutely gangbusters’ to keep schools open) was risking a ‘policy crash when the kids spread the disease’ in January 2021.

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