Today’s PMQs will have been a huge relief for Boris Johnson.

Just 23 minutes before the session, Dominic Cummings tweeted out a bombshell newsletter containing a litany of damaging WhatsApp messages – allegedly from the PM – including one in which he appears to describe Matt Hancock as “totally f***ing hopeless”.

The former adviser even prepared a handy guide for Keir Starmer entitled “a few simple questions to ask the PM”, which covered the government’s failures on herd immunity, PPE, care homes and testing.