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Hancock has denied that scrapping PHE will be a distraction from the fight against the pandemic.
Speaking to Radio 4’s Today programme, he said:
I don’t accept that there will be a disruption. The reason is that we’re bringing together under a single leadership these functions. Of course they’ll be an organisational change element.
I am not a fan of these reorganisations. So I’m cautious about doing them, but I think this one is absolutely the best thing to do, because we need to bring together the different parts of the response.
The pressure on Williamson is not letting up:
The Metro: Omnishambles Britain – #GavinWilliamson clings on to his job despite great exams fiasco / Failed TalkTalk chief Dido Harding is made Britain’s health supremo / And amid the chaos, there’s no sign of #BorisJohnson. #TomorrowsPapersToday #toryshambles #BeijingBoris pic.twitter.com/1ftOpfFmWM
The Times 19/8/20
Gavin Williamson leaving Millbank Studios, Westminster, yesterday. He insisted that he would not resign and blamed the exams regulator for the A-level fiasco. Photo : Ben Cawthra/LNP#tomorrowspaperstoday #thetimes #buyapaper @thetimes pic.twitter.com/AGe5jbVRd0