The full logs would reveal ministers’ calls, meetings and visits, and could give a crucial insight into who was lobbying Boris Johnson’s government while its members shaped the country’s response to COVID. More than 200,000 Brits have died after contracting the disease, meaning the UK has the seventh-worst death rate in the world.
Labour’s Emily Thornberry MP said of the refusals: “There is a culture of cover-up and deceit across the whole of this government that will not be ended simply by replacing Boris Johnson, and the attempts to hide basic facts about the meetings that ministers have held shows how deeply that culture is ingrained.
“Any leadership candidate promising a new approach to government needs to start by coming clean about their finances, their use of official resources, and the external organisations influencing their policies. Providing details of their ministerial meetings is the bare minimum we should expect.”