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Minister refuses to apologise for Covid-19 failings after damning report into Govt's response

Telegraph, 12 Oct 2021
Steve Barclay has said his "heart goes out" to those who have lost a loved one during the pandemic - as he once again resisted apologising.

The Cabinet Office minister has been defending the actions taken by the Government last spring, after a new report found that Britain did not lock down sooner because ministers failed to challenge poor scientific advice.

Mr Barclay said: "I recognise the devastation to the families concerned, but we took logical decisions at the time, based on the information we had."

Asked for an apology to those who lost relatives during the pandemic, he told LBC Radio: "Well I recognise it's devastating and my heart goes out to any family, any of your listeners where they lost a loved one."

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