Politics latest news: Sunak ‘confident’ in No10’s position ahead of Covid inquiry WhatsApp deadline

Rishi Sunak said the Government was “confident” in its position ahead of a deadline to respond to the Covid inquiry’s request for disclosure of Boris Johnson’s private messages and diaries. 

Asked if the Government will comply with the inquiry’s request, Mr Sunak told broadcasters in Moldova: “I think it is really important that we learn the lessons of Covid so that we can be better prepared in the future and we are doing that in a spirit of rigour but also transparency and candour. 

“We have cooperated, the Government has cooperated, thoroughly with the inquiry to date, handing over tens of thousands of documents and we will continue to comply of course with the law, cooperate with the inquiry. 

“We are confident in our position but are carefully considering next steps.”

The Government faced a deadline of 4pm today to either release Mr Johnson’s unredacted pandemic-related messages and notebooks to the inquiry or face a legal dispute. 

Mr Johnson said yesterday that all of the material had been handed over to the Government, and he urged the Cabinet Office to pass the contents on to Baroness Hallett’s official inquiry.

The Cabinet Office confirmed it had received the information from Mr Johnson but has continued its objection to releasing “unambiguously irrelevant” material.

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