Matt Hancock fights back during a questioning by MPs, saying, “I did not mislead to the Prime Minister.”
Matt Hancock has denied ever lying to Boris Johnson during the outbreak, saying MPs that he has always felt compelled to act with “honesty and integrity.”
The Prime Minister’s former aide Dominic Cummings made allegations to the Health and Social Care Committee and the Science and Technology Committee, prompting questions from the Health Secretary.
Mr Hancock replied, “No,” when asked by science committee chairman Greg Clark if he ever told the Prime Minister something he knew wasn’t accurate.
He stated that he has always answered “questions to the best of my ability, both in public and in private.”
Mr Hancock responded to Mr Cummings’ accusations that he assured Mr Johnson in March 2020 that people discharged to care homes would be tested: “We put out a policy that individuals would be tested when tests were available, and then I set about establishing the testing capacity to be able to deliver on that.”
Mr Clark had previously stated that the committee had not received any written evidence from Mr Cummings to support his accusations, nor had he received any explanation as to why it had not been delivered.