‘He can’t stay!’ Nick Ferrari warns Hancock position now untenable after bombshell claims

Dominic Cummings: Matt Hancock 'can't stay' says Nick Ferrari

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Nick Ferrari grilled Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick over the fate of the Health Secretary after Dominic Cummings bombshell revelations to a parliamentary committee into the Government’s handling of coronavirus. Mr Cummings told MPs on Wednesday that Matt Hancock should have been fired over “15 or 20 different” over the course of the pandemic and “lied to everybody in meeting after meeting.”

The LBC host told the Government minister: “Matt Hancock can’t stay in his post, can he?”

Mr Jenrick replied: “The Health Secretary has already refuted those allegations.

“You have full confidence in your colleague?” pressed Mr Ferrari.

Mr Jenrick remarked that he knew Mr Hancock well and told the radio host his cabinet colleague had worked “unbelievably hard” since the start of the outbreak.

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Earlier today Mr Hancock addressed parliament and defended his record as Health Secretary.

Mr Hancock told MPs he had been “straight with people in public and in private throughout”.

He added: “Every day since I began working on the response to this pandemic last January, I’ve got up each morning and asked: ‘What must I do to protect life?’

“That is the job of the Health Secretary in a pandemic.

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Mr Cummings savaged the Health Secretary’s performance over the course of the pandemic while giving evidence to MPs on the Government’s handling of coronavirus. 

The former Boris Johnson’s aide told MPs he had advised the Prime Minister that “if we don’t fire the Secretary of State (Matt Hancock) and we don’t get the testing in someone else’s hands, we are going to kill people and it will be a catastrophe”.

Mr Cummings said Mr Hancock performed “disastrously” below the standards expected and the cabinet secretary – the country’s top civil servant – had recommended the Health Secretary should be sacked.

He said: “I think the Secretary of State for Health should’ve been fired for at least 15, 20 things, including lying to everybody on multiple occasions in meeting after meeting in the Cabinet room and publicly

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“There’s no doubt at all that many senior people performed far, far disastrously below the standards which the country has a right to expect. I think the Secretary of State for Health is certainly one of those people.

“I said repeatedly to the Prime Minister that he should be fired, so did the cabinet secretary, so did many other senior people.”

Pressed to provide examples of when Mr Hancock may have misled the public over Covid, Mr Cummings replied: “There are numerous examples. I mean in the summer he said that everybody who needed treatment got the treatment that they required.

“He knew that that was a lie because he had been briefed by the chief scientific adviser and the chief medical officer himself about the first peak, and we were told explicitly people did not get the treatment they deserved, many people were left to die in horrific circumstances.”

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