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Davey calls for PM to put Martin Forde QC in charge of a Coronavirus Inquiry

July 29, 2020 7:55 PM

Ed Davey-Acting Lib Dem LeaderToday Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey has written to the Prime Minister with a plan for an immediate inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic.

Ed has called on the Prime Minister to appoint Martin Forde QC as the chair of an independent coronavirus inquiry and to start work immediately. Martin Forde was the independent adviser on the design of the Government's Windrush Compensation Scheme and is chair of the independent inquiry into Labour's report on the party's handling of antisemitism complaints.

Ed also released proposed Terms of Reference for the independent inquiry agreed to by the Covid19 Bereaved Families for Justice.

A spokesperson for the Covid19 Bereaved Families for Justice said:

Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice are relieved that Ed Davey has seen the urgent need for a rapid inquiry.

The Government's own 'Preparing for a challenging winter 20/21' report (The Academy of Medical Sciences) predicts over 119,000 excess deaths this winter if urgent action is not taken now.

That action has to be informed by this transparent inquiry. It's time the Prime Minister put the well-being of the nation above politics.

Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said: "The Prime Minister confirmed to me weeks ago that there would be an independent inquiry, but we have seen no action from the Government since. Bereaved families I speak to are so disappointed that the Government is yet to begin an inquiry. They just don't want any more families to go through what they have.

The coronavirus threat remains very real. Were a second wave to happen during the winter, it could be even more deadly and damaging than the first. The Government must immediately start an inquiry so that we can learn from mistakes and properly plan for a second wave.

This plan has been agreed by the Covid19 Bereaved Families for Justice. I hope Boris Johnson takes it seriously and sees it as an opportunity to get an inquiry going as soon as possible."