Dominic Cummings, 49, once the Prime Minister’s most senior and trusted adviser, will appear before the health and science joint committee as it investigates the coronavirus pandemic response. Downing Street is said to be concerned about what could be said, with fears the outcome could be deeply damaging to Boris Johnson.
When will he give evidence?
The session will take place on Wednesday, May 26 and is due to begin at 9am.
The agenda is set to take place over four hours, meaning the session is likely to cut into Prime Minister’s Questions, which begins at midday.
Joint chairmen Jeremy Hunt and Greg Clark are expected to helm the session.
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How can you watch live?
The session will be broadcast live on Parliament TV.
Major news channels will also broadcast key moments of the session.
You can also follow along with Express.co.uk as the morning unfolds on Wednesday.
What will be said?
The session is expected to be divided into four parts of up to an hour each, covering:
- Pandemic preparedness and the first lockdown
- The test and trace programme
- The second lockdown
Mr Cummings could also be asked about his infamous trip to Barnard Castle and Boris Johnson’s alleged “bodies pile high” remarks.
He is said to have kept recordings of some key conversations, raising the possibility that he could offer to play them to the committee.
Mr Cummings will also have access to a wide range of documents, emails and messages that detail the Government’s response to the pandemic.
If any of these show the Government ignored the threat of Covid early in the pandemic, or defied scientific advice at the cost of many lives, it could be seriously damaging for the Prime Minister, who could even face calls to step down.
Mr Cummings has already taken to Twitter to make several allegations against his former boss.
These include that the government initially planned for a herd immunity approach to the pandemic, and then lied about that being the case.
He said herd immunity was the official plan on all government documentation early in the pandemic.
He also claimed the Prime Minister was “screamed at” by advisers that there were no proposals for a full lockdown, and the official plan would “destroy the NHS”.
“If we’d had the right preparations and competent people in charge, we would probably have avoided lockdown one,” Mr Cummings tweeted. He added that we “definitely” would have avoided lockdowns two and three.
Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey has denied Mr Cummings’ claims about herd immunity.
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