COVID-19 Updates: Johnson to give evidence to liaison committee

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COVID-19 Updates: Johnson to give evidence to liaison committee
COVID-19 Updates: Johnson to give evidence to liaison committee

Boris Johnson will give evidence to the influential Commons Liaison Committee, which holds the prime minister to account, next Wednesday.

The virtual session will begin at 4pm and is expected to last around one-and-a-half hours – 30 minutes less than MPs had asked for.

New committee chairman Tory MP Sir Bernard Jenkin said he was grateful for the prime minister’s “swift response” to the committee’s invitation.

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He added: “The coronavirus pandemic has led to a centralisation of power which is unusual in peacetime, making the prime minister more personally accountable than usual.

“Whether on care homes, PPE, the reopening of schools, the quarantining of international travellers, on how and when to end to the lockdown, and the economic impact it has been having, committee chairs are in a unique position to scrutinise the whole of government, to bring out truth and to increase understanding within government as well as more widely.

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“This is the only way to promote learning and improvement so we make better decisions in the future.”

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Sir Bernard was controversially handpicked by Downing Street to chair the committee, and was elected to the role despite a revolt by some backbench Tory MPs.

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