Boris Johnson’s WhatsApp messages have now been retrieved from his old phone and will be handed over to the COVID inquiry without redaction, his spokesman has said.
An inquiry into the government’s handling of the pandemic called for a look at the former prime minister’s messages from the height of the lockdown as part of its ongoing work.
But after settling a dispute with the Cabinet Office over whether the messages were needed, he still couldn’t get his hands on them.
A spokesman for Mr Johnson said the former prime minister had been advised to keep his old phone switched off due to security concerns, but reports were also circulating that he had forgotten his passcode.
Now, their spokesperson says “technicians” have “successfully retrieved all relevant messages from the device”, meaning they can be handed over to the inquiry.