“We are working with the supermarkets to make sure that, if people are self-isolating, then we will be able to get the food and supplies that they need”

Matt Hancock, BBC Question Time [BBC] [YouTube]

March 6, 2020

Facts

Matt Hancock told viewers at BBC Question Time [BBC] [YouTube] that the government was “working with the supermarkets to make sure that, if people are self-isolating, then we will be able to get the food and supplies that they need”.

Following this claim, executives from supermarkets said they had not had any contact with the Health Secretary.

One executive told the BBC that "Matt Hancock has totally made up what he said about working with supermarkets. We haven't heard anything from government directly."

Verdict

Matt Hancock’s claim was challenged by people in a position to know.

When we asked Matt Hancock to respond to the claims laid out in this website, a spokesperson said: “This list is false, wildly inaccurate, and in some cases possibly even defamatory. For example claiming that some of Matt's claims in the Commons were in defiance of the ministerial code, when they were in fact accurate. The priority throughout this unprecedented pandemic has been saving lives.” 

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