Labour questions why Hancock is still in charge following Cummings texts

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He said the initial post shows that "No10/Hancock have repeatedly lied about the failures last year" and accused them of now trying to "rewrite history".

The revelations came in a blog post by former Downing Street aide Dominic Cummings, which included a series of screenshots purportedly showing WhatsApp exchanges between himself and the Prime Minister as ministers grappled with the crisis in spring previous year.

The incriminating exchanges also appear to mark a new blow in the conduct of government as Boris Johnson's former advisor Dominic Cummings seeks revenge against the PM and Mr Hancock.

Mr Johnson apparently responded: "Totally f****** hopeless".

In another message on April 27 a year ago, the Prime Minister appeared to call the situation around personal protective equipment (PPE) "a disaster" and suggested removing Mr Hancock.

The PM added: "On PPE it's a disaster".

"I can't think of anything except taking Hancock off and putting Gove on", Mr Johnson apparently added.

Cummings, who has spent recent months savaging both his former boss and Hancock, tweeted screenshots of the exchanges apparently between him and Johnson in March and April past year as Britain battled the first wave of the pandemic.

He used that appearance to claim Mr Hancock should have been sacked for "15 to 20 things" including "lying" to people "on multiple occasions".

Metro calls Mr Cummings "Nuclear Dom", while the Daily Star mocks up the three men involved as clowns next to the headline: "Hopeless bloke said hopeless bloke is hopeless".

Cummings, a key strategist behind the Conservative Party's 2019 election victory and the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, said he posted the messages to back up his explosive allegations against Hancock in testimony before parliamentary select committee hearings last month.

But Mr Cummings described the cabinet office as a "total shitshow" and said the move would "have a severe risk of making it worse not better".

"OK. Wtf do we do?", the Prime Minister allegedly responded.

The Prime Minister did not answer the question.

And there's no sense that No 10 can be sure that Mr Cummings' revenge is spent.

The PM's controversial former chief aide Dominic Cummings - who stepped down from the role in December - posted exchanges with him on social media.

"He let good officials actually question people so we started to get to the truth".

"It will not start for years and it is created to punt the tricky parts until after this PM has gone - unlike other PMs, this one has a clear plan to leave at the latest a couple of years after the next election, he wants to make money and have fun not "go on and on", writes Mr Cummings.

"He wants to make money and have fun not "go on and on", Mr Cummings wrote. More than one year on, it is not Mr Hancock that has little hope left, it is the public.

Boris Johnson at a 10 Downing Street press briefing on Monday. The Prime Minister confirms a four-week delay to the lifting of all restrictions in England beyond 21 June.

They mark an extraordinary twist in a simmering feud that was ignited when Mr Cummings appeared before Parliament's "lessons learned" inquiry and alleged that the Health Secretary was a serial liar.

In another message, Johnson blamed Hancock for the UK's difficulty in getting hold of ventilators.

Labour's deputy leader Angela Rayner branded the accusations from Mr Cummings as "absolutely damning".



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