Delays to the Covid public inquiry could see crucial evidence destroyed, activists have warned amid claims the probe is ‘bottom’ of the Prime Minister’s to-do list.
Boris Johnson promised No10’s long-awaited inquiry into the Government’s handling of the Covid pandemic would start this spring.
The inquiry will have the power to compel documents to be handed over and summon witnesses to give evidence under oath.
But think-tanks have now warned it is ‘impossible’ that the spring deadline will be hit due to delays, feared to have been made worse by the recent Partygate scandal.
The terms of reference or scope of the official inquiry, which is expected to take two years to complete, are yet to be published.
Lobby Akinnola, a spokesperson for campaign group Covid Bereaved Families for Justice, told the Independent: ‘Once the inquiry is officially set up, it becomes an offence to tamper with or destroy evidence.
‘But until that happens, there’s a risk of key evidence being lost. After…