COVID inquiry: Deadline extended for government to hand over Boris Johnson’s WhatsApp messages

A deadline of 4pm on Tuesday 30 May had been set by the COVID inquiry for all information to be passed to them by the Cabinet Office, but the government department later revealed they did not have the data and asked for an extension

The deadline for the government to hand over Boris Johnson‘s WhatsApp messages to the COVID Inquiry has been extended.

Inquiry chair Lady Hallett had ordered the government to hand over the messages – alongside diary entries and notes – by 4pm on Tuesday 30 May.

The deadline has now set been 4pm on Thursday 1 June. The Cabinet Office asked for an extension to Monday 5 June as they do not have access to Mr Johnson’s messages or notebooks, but this was rejected.

This is despite saying in their original appeal against the order that there was “unambiguously irrelevant” material in the redacted parts of messages sent to the inquiry.


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