Here's when and where to watch Matt Hancock's daily briefing - as government face pressure over Dominic Cummings

Tuesday, 26th May 2020, 3:42 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th May 2020, 3:54 pm
Health Secretary Matt Hancock is due to hold today's daily press briefing among intense public scrutiny over Dominic Cummings allegedly breaking lockdown rules (Getty Images)

The daily briefings have been introduced in response to calls for improved communication from the government on their plan to tackle the spread of Covid-19.

Matt Hancock is expected to lead today’s Downing Street press conference.

When do the daily press briefings take place?

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In general the press briefings take place between 4pm and 6pm, with previous meetings tending to start just after 5pm on weekdays and at 2.30pm on weekends.

A number 10 spokesperson said that they would like to “see [the briefings held at] a consistent time.”

Who will speak at today's press briefing?

Matt Hancock is expected to lead today’s Downing Street press conference at 5pm.

A number of cabinet ministers have led the briefing in recent weeks, including Dominic Raab, Michael Gove, Rishi Sunak, Grant Shapps and Alok Sharma.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and Head of NHS England Simon Stevens have also been regular features.

Where can I watch the press briefings?

The daily press briefings will be available to watch live on BBC News.

You can watch online through BBC iPlayer here, while Sky News has a live YouTube stream here.

What happened at yesterday's briefing?

Yesterday Boris Johnson said he regretted the “confusion, anger and pain” felt by the public following the disclosures about the behaviour of Dominic Cummings during the coronavirus lockdown.

But he said he had spoken to Mr Cummings at great length about the controversy and concluded he acted reasonably, legally and motivated by care for his family.

Mr Johnson told journalists: “Do I regret what has happened? Yes, of course I do regret the confusion and the anger and the pain that people feel.”

He added: “This is a country that has been going through the most tremendous difficulties and suffering in the course of the last 10 weeks and that’s why I really did want people to understand exactly what had happened.”