BORIS JOHNSON faced questions over the current coronavirus situation today.
The Prime Minister chaired the Commons’ Liaison Committee meeting, and was under pressure to provide answers on the pandemic, including over the recent Dominic Cummings row.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined the Liaison Committee meeting to answer questions surrounding Covid-19[/caption]
What did Boris Johnson say in the committee meeting?
Facing his first committee meeting since he was elected last year, Mr Johnson apologised for the “hurt and pain and anxiety” that Brits have faced.
However, the PM refused to refused to sack Dominic Cummings, and instead told MPs he wanted to focus on getting “our country through this epidemic”.
Mr Johnson said a lot of what was written in the papers about Mr Cummings was “false”.
He added that the UK’s new ‘test and trace’ system will begin tomorrow, and confirmed that anyone who has come into contact with a person infected with coronavirus will have to go into quarantine for 14 days – even if they don’t have symptoms.
Mr Johnson admitted the UK “didn’t learn the lessons of SARs or MERS and, as a result, “didn’t have a test operation ready to go”.
What time was the Commons’ Liaison committee meeting?
Boris Johnson lead the committee meeting from 4pm today – Wednesday, May 27.
The meeting lasted for around 90 minutes, and it finished at around 5.30pm.
What questions did Boris Johnson face?
The Liaison Committee chairman Sir Bernard Jenkin revealed that a maximum of 20 minutes will be allowed to ask the Prime Minister on the Dominic Cummings row.
Sir Jenkin told the PA news agency: “I have got no intention of preventing any subject any member of the committee wants to raise.”
The senior adviser has been accused of breaking the coronavirus lockdown rules, but Mr Cummings insisted in his statement on Monday that he behaved “reasonably and legally.”
Mr Johnson has said on a number of occasions that his top aide will not be sacked, with several senior ministers also backing him up.
The PM also faced questions regarding the current situation with coronavirus, as he prepares to relax lockdown restrictions this week.
Who will be in the meeting?
The Liaison Committee has 37 members excluding Boris Johnson.
These come from the three top parties within the government: Conservatives, Labour and Scottish National Party.
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Among the Tories are William Wragg and Caroline Nokes who have both hit out at Mr Cummings.
Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will also be on the call.
Labour’s Yvette Cooper, who is also Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, will join two SNP members in the meeting.