Dominic Cummings tells committee he heard PM say ‘let the bodies pile high’ after ordering second lockdown

Dominic Cummings says he heard Boris Johnson say he would rather “let the bodies pile high” than hit the economy again with a third lockdown.

“I heard that in the PM’s study” immediately after Mr Johnson made the second lockdown decision on 31 October, he said.

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Mr Cummings has told a select committee that the PM said he regretted ordering the first lockdown, and when he ordered the second, said he did not want to make the same mistake again.

The prime minister has repeatedly denied using that phrase.

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