Boris Johnson to face 90 minute grilling from MPs TODAY after Dominic Cummings row


BORIS Johnson will this afternoon face a 90-minute grilling from MPs, following the huge row over his adviser, Dominic Cummings.

The PM will appear before a powerful committee of politicians who will quiz him on coronavirus, lockdown rules, and will press him on whether he was right to keep his top aide in post despite being accused of breaking the rules.

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He has stood by Mr Cummings despite a flurry of public anger, and condemnation from MPs.

But the aide insists he acted legally and reasonably by driving 250 miles up to Durham while he was sick with coronavirus, to make sure that he was near family in case they needed to look after his young son.

The PM will be up in front of the liaison committee at 4pm today.

Ahead of the Prime Minister's appearance, Liaison Committee chairman Sir Bernard Jenkin told the PA news agency: "I have got no intention of preventing any subject any member of the committee wants to raise."

Sir Bernard insisted the format for the session has been agreed by the committee.

There will be no more than 20 minutes on Mr Cummings, and the rest of the time will be split between other topics.

It comes after Boris confirmed at the weekend that they were on track for schools to open from June 1 – as long as the science supports it.

Government scientists will say tomorrow for sure whether the five tests to relax the lockdown have been met.

And the PM is expected to reveal more details on the start of the UK's test and trace policy too, which will come into place in the coming days.

No10 today insisted the Government is still on track to meet its 200,000 a day test target by the end of this month.

In the coming days the new scheme will mean that the contacts of anyone who tests positive will be able to be tracked and logged by a team of 25,000 people.

Anyone who comes into close contact with someone who tested positive is set to be told to stay at home in case they have caught the virus too.

Meanwhile, from June 1 more shops and businesses will be told they can reopen too.

All non-essential retail will be allowed to open their doors again from June 15.


Ministers are still discussing easing the lockdown around social contact.

The Sun revealed today that they are set to announce that people will be allowed to have a garden party or a BBQ with one other household in the coming weeks.

But they still won't be allowed to go inside each other's homes.

The proposed new bubble rules would also mean that families will have the heartbreaking choice of deciding which other family household to see, over the others.

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