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Tories call for Welsh Ministers WhatsApp messages to be disclosed to Covid inquiry

02 Nov 2022 3 minute read
Andrew RT Davies. Photo Welsh Conservatives

The Welsh Conservatives have called for Welsh Ministers WhatsApp messages to be disclosed to the UK-wide inquiry into the handling of the Covid pandemic.

Welsh Tory leader Andrew RT Davies has urged the inquiry to seek access to private messages between Government ministers and officials in Cardiff Bay after the Covid inquiry asked to see Boris Johnson’s WhatsApp messages when he was Prime Minister, alongside communications with other senior officials.

Mr Davies has written to inquiry Chair, Baroness Hallett, asking her to ensure demands made of the UK Government are also made to the devolved administration.

“In order for the inquiry to achieve its purpose of delivering answers to those who lost loved ones, lost their businesses, and lost valuable hours of education during the pandemic, it is essential that we get as much transparency as possible,” Mr Davies said.

“This must extend just beyond decision-makers in Westminster, so that people in Wales can hold leaders in Cardiff Bay accountable too.

“We need to see how ministers interacted with civil servants, the health boards, and Public Health Wales to get the full picture.”

“We always wanted a Wales-specific inquiry as there would be no doubt this would happen as there would be no threat of Welsh Government actions being overshadowed, but without one we are writing to the Chair to ensure our joint ambition of equal scrutiny across the UK is maintained.

“I look forward to hearing back from Baroness Hallett on the assurances we have sought.”

He added: “this would ensure that the four governments within the United Kingdom are scrutinised on a level-playing field and that people in the devolved nations see accountability being applied equally, principles I know you [Hallett] are passionate about upholding”.

Targeted

Hugo Keith KC, counsel for the inquiry, said the inquiry is taking a “targeted approach”, seeking documents relevant to the key narrative events, people and decisions covered by the second module.

Module two of the probe will scrutinise political decisions and actions in relation to the pandemic, between early January 2020 and February 2022, when remaining Covid-19 restrictions were lifted.

Pete Weatherby KC, representing bereaved families, said a targeted approach gives “significant latitude” to those who are subject to investigation “to be the ones that actually determine – rather than the inquiry in the first place at least – what is disclosed”.

He added that families would urge the inquiry “to keep a very open mind of people who may have reason to try to rein in their own disclosure”.


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The original mark
The original mark
28 days ago

I wonder if RTs social media archives would be open to scrutiny, considering the fuss he made about the lockdowns and restrictions put in place, after all he was encouraging people to ignore them most of the time, people in glass houses?

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
28 days ago

Last week he didn’t want a UK wide enquiry, today he demands more from that UK wide enquiry. If he had a mind to make up we might get consistency.

Owen will
Owen will
28 days ago

Answer the question mark. Do you agree that there should be a welsh specific enquiry and, just like the U.K. one, WhatsApp messages of ministers should be examined? Answer it,

Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
27 days ago
Reply to  Owen will

Hello ARTie. Your pompous method of demanding answers is well known. Do you have multiple identities like Grant Shapps?
Also, lay off the port. You are looking puce these days and likely to have a stroke

Quornby
Quornby
28 days ago

If this specimen is looking for muck to rake he need look no further than his London handlers.

Notttabottt
Notttabottt
28 days ago

He thinks he is on to something, probably forgets he will be investigated as much as anyone, own goal RT

DAI Ponty
DAI Ponty
28 days ago

He has the face you want to punch a DISPICABLE B

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
28 days ago
Reply to  DAI Ponty

I note that he has assumed that the Welsh Labour and Plaid Government have slipped into the bad habits of Westmonster Tories and used WhatsApp for official business. I would hope and expect that they have not so that his request will bounce back and hit himon the nose with the word ‘Integrity’

Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
27 days ago
Reply to  DAI Ponty

It’s that purple and bloated it would probably explode, a la Mr Cresote

Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
27 days ago

And yet the Tories defend the misuse of private social media by the sadistic Secretary of State for Mordor, Cruella Braverman

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
27 days ago

Ok and I call for all RTs messages to be chucked in the ‘Spam’ folder.

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