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Bent: Boris Johnson said the inquiry into the death of a benefit claimant would be independent, but this is not true.

This isn’t even shocking any more.

Boris Johnson has claimed that there will be an independent inquiry into the death of Errol Graham – but that has proved not to be the case.

Mr Graham’s emaciated, five-stone body was found by bailiffs who broke into his home to take possession of it eight months after his ESA – and housing benefit – were cut off by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Mr Johnson announced an independent inquiry into the death at Prime Minister’s Questions last week – but it was subsequently demonstrated that everybody involved in that investigation would be DWP employees and therefore they would have a conflict of interest.

Now the government has said some of the participants in the inquiry will be independent of the DWP. Big deal! Will they still be Tory government employees? If so, the conflict of interest will remain.

Will there be outside medical experts? If so, will there be enough of them to outvote the DWP contingent, should that be necessary?

Politicians are lining up to accuse the government of prejudicing the inquiry before it has started.

And that won’t help anybody.

If this inquiry finds no wrongdoing, who will believe it?

Source: Boris Johnson urged to clarify claim about benefit claimant who starved to death – Mirror Online

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