Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill did not lose faith in Hancock’s honesty

Downing Street Spokesperson

May 27, 2021

Facts

A Downing Street spokesperson denied that Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill lost faith in Hancock’s honesty.

This claim contradicted evidence given by ex-senior adviser, Dominic Cummings, who claimed that Sedwill warned the PM that “the British system is not set up to deal with a secretary of state who repeatedly lies in meetings”.

Verdict

These two claims contradict one another. Dominic Cummings cannot by any means be regarded as a reliable witness. In a normal British government, a statement of this nature by a Downing Street spokesperson would carry weight.  Sadly, this is not the case with the Johnson administration.

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