Covid Inquiry LIVE: Rishi Sunak faces grilling today in most perilous week of premiership

Rishi Sunak will today defend his pandemic record at the Covid Inquiry and explain whether he believed scientists were handed too much power and if insufficient consideration was given to the impact of lockdowns.

The Prime Minister is to be grilled by lead counsel Hugo Keith KC in west London in what will kick off a crucial week for Mr Sunak as he faces a crunch vote on his Rwanda legislation on Tuesday.

Messages have revealed that Government scientists referred to him as “Dr Death, the Chancellor” over concerns about his push to keep economic activity going while leading the Treasury during the pandemic.

Cabinet minister Michael Gove defended Mr Sunak on Sunday, arguing there was no “public critique” of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme before its launch in August 2020.

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