“I will write back to every letter we get, and of course I will meet anybody, the people who are bereaved, who have suffered from Covid. Of course I will do that.”

Boris Johnson, Sky News

August 26, 2020

Facts

In August 2020, Boris Johnson promised to meet with the bereaved family members of those who had died from Covid-19, primarily referring to the campaign group Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice.

However, just a week later, Johnson declined to meet the group in a letter seen by the Guardian, saying it was “regrettably not possible”. 

Johnson said he was “acutely conscious that a letter will be of little comfort against the grief and heartbreak that families have suffered”.

But one year on, in August 2021, the group said he still had not met with them. 

The Prime Minister finally met with the group in September 2021. He hosted a 90-minute private meeting with members of the 4,000 strong group at Downing Street. 

Verdict 

Johnson said that he would meet the bereaved family members of victims of COVID-19. A month later he declined to meet them. He finally delivered on his promise in September 2021, more than a year later. 

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