Journalist Isabel Oakeshott says public not interested in Matt Hancock’s reputation but wants to know the truth about lockdown | Political News

The journalist who leaked Matt Hancock’s lockdown WhatsApp messages has said the public are only interested in what happened – not in her or the former health secretary’s reputation.

Elizabeth Oakeshott released the messages to The Daily Telegraph this week after Mr Hancock shared them with her while working on his Pandemic Diaries book.

Mr Hancock has said it is a “massive betrayal and breach of trust” but Ms Oakeshott claims she felt she had to release the messages “in the national interest”.

Speaking to Sky News on Friday morning, she said: “The millions of people who suffered during the pandemic are not interested in me, they’re not interested in Matt Hancock’s reputation.

“They’re interested in what really happened – what were the politicians saying and doing that they weren’t telling us.

“That’s my focus and I’m not worried about anything else.”

The first story from the thousands of messages alleges Mr Hancock rejected testing advice on care homes and expressed concern he could get in the way of meeting his targets – something he strongly denies.


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