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Cyber cabinet meets as spending review delayed

Virtual reality: Boris Johnson at the cabinet video conference PICTURE: ANDREW PARSONS

THE government review of long-term spending has been postponed, chancellor Rishi Sunak told the first virtual cabinet meeting yesterday.

Mr Sunak said the comprehensive spending review would be delayed so they could focus on tackling Covid-19.

Just four people, including Boris Johnson, attended in person, as others took part via secure video conference.

The prime minister was joined at No.10 by health secretary Matt Hancock, cabinet secretary Mark Sedwill and England’s chief medical officer Prof Chris Whitty. The review, which allows the government to set out its priorities across all spending for multiple years, was due in July.

A Downing Street spokesman said: ‘The chancellor confirmed to cabinet that the comprehensive spending review will be delayed so that government remains focused on responding to the public health and economic emergency.’ There will be further details in due course.

Meanwhile, Mr Johnson again urged the public to obey new orders to stay home, as doing so would ‘protect our NHS and save lives’.