The Covid Inquiry has been criticized by a children’s charity for not calling Gavin Williamson, the former education secretary, to testify in its second module.
Jenniffer Twite, representing Save the Children, questioned why Baroness Hallett, chair of the inquiry, was not going to question Mr Williamson about school closures during the pandemic.
“We know that Gavin Williamson was so incidental to the decision-making that the current position of this investigation is not to even call him to testify in this module.”
Save the Children also criticized Downing Street for holding parties when children could not see each other after reading aloud heartbreaking statements from parents about the impact of restrictions on young people.
“That’s why for some Mr Johnson was ambushed by a birthday cake, lockdown struck a chord. He reminded us of all the birthday parties the nation’s children missed. There is something about missing your sixth birthday that, frankly, is not the same as missing your 57th.”
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