Jacob Rees-Mogg ‘had a Covid test for one of his children brought to his home amid shortage’
- Matt Hancock’s special adviser organized the Covid test, leaked messages show
- Happened two days after NHS had to apologize for shortages and delays
Jacob Rees-Mogg personally had a Covid test delivered for one of his children during a national test shortage, This is evident from leaked WhatsApp messages.
Then the special adviser to Health Secretary Matt Hancock organized the test for Mr Rees-Mogg, just two days after the director of NHS Test and Trace was forced to offer ‘heartfelt apologies’ to anyone unable to get a test due to shortages and delays. is claimed.
Leaked WhatsApp messages obtained by The Daily Telegraph show that Mr Hancock’s special adviser, Allan Nixon, personally organized the test to be delivered by couriers after the first test of Mr Rees’ child Mogg in September 2020 was gone.
There was a backlog of 185,000 tests to be processed at the time, attributed to a lack of capacity in laboratories, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to stay at home waiting for a test or result.
But in a message sent to Mr Hancock on 10 September 2020, Mr Nixon said: ‘The lab has lost JRM’s child test, so we have a courier going to their family home tonight, the child will take the test and the courier will do it directly to the lab. Should have AM result tomorrow.’
Mr Rees-Mogg had the test organized by the special adviser to then Health Secretary Matt Hancock just two days after the director of NHS Test and Trace was forced to offer ‘sincere apologies’ to anyone unable to test due to shortages could get, said Rees-Mogg. on leaked messages
Leaked WhatsApp messages obtained by The Daily Telegraph reveal that Mr Hancock’s special adviser Allan Nixon personally organized the test to be delivered after the first test of Mr Rees-Mogg’s child in September 2020 was missing.
He added, “Jacob’s spad is aware and helped sort things out, but you might want to text Jacob.”
At the time, Mr. Hancock admitted that “operational challenges” in the testing system “would take weeks.”
Mr Rees-Mogg was due to attend his weekly appearance in the House of Commons on September 10, 2020, but said at the time that he was self-isolating as he waited for his child’s test result.
The Lockdown Files consist of more than 100,000 WhatsApp messages shared between ministers, civil servants and scientists over the course of the pandemic.