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No apologies, as Matt Hancock proves useful to the prime minister

Analysis: Health secretary presented himself as the collegial alternative to Cummings at his Covid grilling * Coronavirus – latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverage Even those who worked closely with Dominic Cummings in Whitehall during the months when he repeatedly clashed with Matt Hancock privately said they believed there was “no smoking gun” the ex-aide could produce to condemn the health secretary. There were some dramatic predictions in SW1 that Cummings would produce his texts, emails or handwritten notes in the moments before the health secretary sat down – in order to play the moment of maximum vulnerability. Those predictions always sounded more as if they were made in breathless hope rather than expectation. Continue reading...

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