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PM confirms inquiry into handling of Covid 19 crisis

Written by on July 15, 2020

PM confirms inquiry into handling of Covid-19 crisis

Boris Johnson says he will commit to a full independent inquiry into the handling of Covid-19, but stopped short of saying when it would take place.

Lib Dem acting co-leader Sir Ed Davey called on the Prime Minister to “commit in principle to a future public inquiry” on the handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

He said: “Under this PM we suffered one of the worst death rates in the world and Europe’s worst death rate for health and care workers.

“Previously he’s refused my demand for an immediate independent inquiry, saying it’s too soon, even though back in 2003 he voted for an independent inquiry into the Iraq war just months after that conflict had started. If he still rejects an immediate inquiry, will he instead commit in principle to a future public inquiry, yes or no?”

Boris Johnson replied: “As I’ve told the House several times, I do not believe that now in the middle of combating, still as we are, a pandemic is the right moment to devote huge amounts of official time to an inquiry, but of course we will seek to learn the lessons of this pandemic in the future and certainly we will have an independent inquiry into what happened.”

Published: by Radio NewsHub