Boris Johnson has deadline to handover Covid diaries extended – as ministers gear up for court clash

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 20: Former British prime minister Boris Johnson leaves his home on March 20, 2023 in London, England. The former prime minister will attend a televised evidence session on Wednesday in front of the Commons Privileges Committee, which has previously suggested that Mr Johnson may have misled Parliament in his statements about parties at Number 10 during the Covid-19 lockdown. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

THE Cabinet Office does NOT have access to Boris Johnson’s pandemic Whatsapp messages and diaries, the Covid-19 inquiry has been told.

It comes as the deadline to handover the material to senior lawyers investigating how Covid was handled is just hours away.

The Cabinet Office has been given a deadline of 4pm today to handover thousands of Whatsapp messages sent by Boris Johnson during the pandemic

Boris Johnson has warned it would be a huge breach of security to let the Covid inquiry have access to all his notebooks and messages from the pandemic.

Last week the Cabinet Office stood firm in refusing to hand them over – despite the threat of legal action from the inquiry.

They have already dished out 55,000 documents and 24 witness statements to the investigation.

But in the latest plot twist, officials now say they don’t have the messages the inquiry is demanding.

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