Watch live as Prime Minister's former adviser Dominic Cummings gives evidence on government handling of the pandemic

Boris Johnson’s former adviser Dominic Cummings gives evidence to MPs as an inquiry into the Government’s response to the pandemic begins.

Wednesday, 26th May 2021, 10:00 am

Downing Street is braced for more explosive revelations from the Prime Minister’s former chief adviser Dominic Cummings as he makes a much-anticipated appearance before MPs today, Wednesday, May 26.

The former adviser is delivering an on-camera testimony as he is quizzed by the Commons Health and Social Care and Science and Technology Committees in an inquiry into lessons to be learned from the crisis.

Mr Cummings has been vocal in his condemnation of Boris Johnson, Health Secretary Matt Hancock, and others since leaving Government after a behind-the-scenes power struggle in November.

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Dominic Cummings, former Chief Adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, giving evidence to a joint inquiry of the Commons Health and Social Care and Science and Technology Committees on the subject of Coronavirus: lessons learnt. Picture date: Wednesday May 26, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story POLITICS Cummings. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

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Ahead of giving evidence to the Committees, the PM’s former adviser set out his criticisms of the Government’s approach to the pandemic in a thread of messages on Twitter, which claimed the original response to the coronavirus outbreak was to pursue a strategy of “herd immunity”.

The evidence session comes a day after the anniversary of his press conference at No 10, where he sought to justify breaking lockdown rules with a trip to County Durham and Barnard Castle in March last year.

Mr Cummings last appeared before MPs in March, where he stated that the Department of Health and Social Care was reduced to a “smoking ruin” by the coronavirus pandemic.

He has also hit out at various parts of the Government’s response, despite actually being employed by No 10 for a large part of the pandemic.

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