Boris Johnson has for the first time committed to an “independent inquiry” into the coronavirus pandemic.

The prime minister said it was not right to devote “huge amounts of official time” to an inquiry when the UK is “in the middle” of a pandemic.

But he said the government would seek to learn lessons “in the future” and “certainly we will have an independent inquiry in to what happened”.

He was responding to a question from acting Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey.

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