Rishi Sunak fails to hand over his WhatsApp to Covid inquiry

02/10/2023 | The Guardian

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has failed to hand over his WhatsApp messages to the Covid inquiry for the period he served as Chancellor of the Exchequer despite a high court ruling. The inquiry, which is examining the government's handling of the pandemic, had requested key communications from January 2020 to February 2022. Sunak's messages could include details of crucial pandemic decisions made by the Treasury.

According to The Guardian, it turns out that former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who also faced criticism for failing to hand over his pandemic WhatsApp messages due to a security issue with his old phone, was unable to access messages between 31 January and 7 June 2020.

The Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice has called for both Sunak and Johnson to face the full force of the law if they fail to provide the inquiry with the messages.

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Rishi Sunak, 10 Downing Street

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