Minister denies chief nurse was dropped from Downing Street briefing for refusing to back Dominic Cummings

Sources claim she was dropped from the briefing on June 1 and Mr Hancock was left to present the slides on coronavirus himself for the first time, alongside Professor John Newton from Public Health England. When approached for a comment No 10 said it strongly denied the claims that Ms May had been dropped over her views on Mr Cummings and added that health and scientific advisers would continue to take questions in the briefings.