At the start of a 90-second rant, he said, “we already knew about this Downing Street,” pointing out that the police dished out more than 100 fines to No.10 staff for breaking lockdown rules at the height of the pandemic.
He continued: “Nonetheless, the level of this is absolutely shocking.
Both Johnson and Sunak received a £50 fine for breaching their own lockdown rules amid the partygate scandal.
The second most senior civil servant in the country at the time, Helen MacNamara, also told the Covid Inquiry this week that lockdown rules were broken every day.
Thomas-Symonds said it was a “completely dysfunctional operation in charge of our country.”
The MP for Torfaen claimed: “They were not prepared for the pandemic.
“When we were all seeing those scenes from northern Italy of hospitals under pressure – because, remember, that they had warning about what was happening on the continent of Europe already – what was the prime minister of the time doing?
“He was going on holiday for a week and not taking it seriously.”
The shadow trade secretary said the prime minister was “making comments almost recklessly, carelessly, about the lives of older people” when lockdown began in the UK.
The Covid Inquiry has revealed that, according to then chief scientist Sir Patrick Vallance’s notes from August 2020, Johnson was “obsessed with older people accepting their fate and letting the young get on with life”.
Vallance’s notes from December 2020 suggest Johnson still thought “Covid is just Nature’s way of dealing with old people”.
The MP concluded: ″This is, in my opinion, a quite shameful episode in our history.
″An insult to the sacrifices people made during the pandemic and an insult, frankly, to all those who lost loved ones. They should be held to account for it.”