Responding to England’s chief nurse Ruth May confirming she was dropped from a coronavirus press conference after refusing to back Dominic Cummings, Liberal Democrat Health, Wellbeing and Social Care spokesperson Munira Wilson said:
"The confirmation that England’s Chief Nursing Officer, Ruth May, has been silenced since her refusal to back Dominic Cummings' decision to break the rules back in May simply shows what we guessed all along - that this Government would do anything it could to keep him in post.
"The damage to public health and the public's trust in the Government was enormous, but clearly this was less important than Dominic Cummings keeping his job - pandemic or not. At the time I wrote to Matt Hancock demanding to know if the reports about Ruth May being excluded from the press conferences were true, but this was met with silence.
"This confirmation from Ruth May today should be shocking, but considering we witnessed Boris Johnson trying to gag Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance live on air, it unfortunately isn't. It is now clear for all to see that far from following the science, this Government has no intention of listening to it whatsoever if it gets in the way of their own political interests."