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ominic Cummings has warmed up for his appearance before MPs by posting a series of more than 60 tweets criticising the Government’s decision-making in the early days of the pandemic.

What should we expect when Boris Johnson’s former adviser gives evidence to a joint inquiry of the Commons Health and Social Care and Science and Technology Committees on Wednesday?

– Did the lockdown come soon enough?

Mr Cummings is known to have advocated tougher lockdown measures, while it has been suggested Boris Johnson was reticent to lock down too early.

In fresh allegations made by Mr Cummings on Twitter this week, he said that on March 14 last year one of the things being “screamed at” Mr Johnson was that there was “no plan for lockdown” and “our current official plan will kill at least 250k and destroy the NHS”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson with his then senior aide Dominic Cummings (Victoria Jones/PA) / PA Wire

According to ITV’s Robert Peston, Mr Cummings is expected to allege the PM delayed the autumn lockdown after saying “Covid is only killing 80-year-olds”.

Peston reported that Mr Cummings will outline how Mr Johnson did not wish to repeat what he saw as his mistake from March last year and said: “I’m going to be the mayor of Jaws, like I should have been in March.”

No 10 did not deny the remarks but said: “There is a huge task for this Government to get on with.

“We are entirely focused on recovering from the pandemic, moving through the road map and distributing vaccines while delivering on the public’s priorities.

“Throughout this pandemic, the Government’s priority has been to save lives, protect the NHS and support people’s jobs and livelihoods across the United Kingdom.”

In his extensive Twitter thread Mr Cummings claimed the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) was split over whether to lockdown as late as March 18, with Department of Health and Social Care officials reportedly saying “lockdown just means it pops back up again in 2nd wave so why change strategy”.

He also suggested subsequent lockdowns after the first would not have been needed had mass testing had been developed properly earlier in the year.

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