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'That's not right!' Hancock hits out at Ben Shepherd as he rants 'what are you afraid of?'


Matt Hancock suffered an intense grilling from both Ben Shepherd and Susanna Reid on the UK Government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Shepherd quizzed the Health Secretary regarding his fears of having the inquiry into the Government now rather than after the Covid crisis.

Mr Hancock said: “You have got to learn the lessons all the way through and then afterward.”

Mr Shepherd interjected: “What are you afraid of by having the inquiry sooner rather than later?

“It sounds like the Government is scared, we were reading yesterday that the inquiry could get kicked into the long grass so that we do not see the results until after the next general election.

“That of course would suit the Conservatives and suit the Prime Minister.”

The Health Secretary replied: “No, I do not think that is right at all.

“I don’t know what you read but I have not seen that.”

Mr Shepherd asked: “So is it going to come in a year, is it going to come before the autumn?”

Mr Hancock said: “I think it depends on the circumstances.”


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