Dominic Cummings declares war on Boris Johnson

Ruben Hill
April 25, 2021

Former Downing Street adviser Dominic Cummings on Friday denied claims in British media that he had leaked text messages between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Singapore-based inventor James Dysonduring the beginning of the COVID pandemic in early 2020.

He also claimed the United Kingdom leader suggested blocking an internal inquiry into government leaks, because the culprit identified was a close friend of Johnson's fiancée Carrie Symonds.

Johnson's office launched an inquiry to find the source of the leak, but did not comment on the reports that Cummings was responsible.

Some Conservatives have joined the condemnation of Johnson, with former attorney general Dominic Grieve, a long-time critic, branding him "a vacuum of integrity". But the opposition Labour Party said the PM needed to explain how he obtained the money to pay for the work overseen by Symonds.

Sir Keir Starmer's party will also attempt to haul a senior minister before parliament on Monday to answer an urgent question on the claims.

Cummings, the controversial brains behind the 2016 campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, was appointed chief adviser by Johnson when he took power in July 2019.

"The PM stopped speaking to me about this matter in 2020 as I told him I thought his plans to have donors secretly pay for the renovation were unethical, foolish, possibly illegal and nearly certainly broke the rules on proper disclosure of political donations if conducted in the way he intended", the former adviser said.

Ms Truss stressed Mr Johnson had "met the costs of the refurbishment" of his Downing Street flat himself and had "acted completely in line with the rules".

The Electoral Commission, which regulates donations to political parties and their spending, has confirmed it is investigating the matter.

Mr Newman was promoted to a key role in Downing Street following Mr Cumming's departure.

According to Cummings, with regard to competence and integrity, the PM and his office had fallen below the appropriate standard.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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