Dominic Cumming is well-known to the British public for his own Covid scandal but the former aide is now hitting the headlines once again for his accusations against his former boss.
He has accused Boris Johnson of lying to parliament when he told MPs that he believed a gathering he attended was a “work event”, with Cummings claiming that the Prime Minister and his principal private secretary, Martin Reynolds, were warned that the event should not go ahead.
The claim, which has resulted in Cummings being called to give evidence at Sue Gray’s inquiry into the alleged Downing Street party, comes after the former No.10 aide left from his role as Boris Johnson’s senior adviser amid a scandal involving ill-advised drive to Bernard Castle during lockdown.
Will Dominic Cummings be question in the party inquiry?
The party in question, held on 20 May 2020, is being investigated by senior civil servant Sue Gray as part of a larger investigation of gatherings held during lockdown in Downing Street.
Boris Johnson and Number 10 staff have been at the centre of a scandal, with multiple accusations that parties were held while the country was under strict Covid rules.
Cummings revelations has led to the former aide being called to give evidence by Sue Gray.
What job does Dominic Cummings do now?
Since leaving his position in government, Cummings has launched a technology consultancy firm.
Swiah Ltd was created in February 2021 and is a successor of his previous firm, Dynamic Maps.
However, despite taking on a less public role at the new company, he has not stopped speaking publicly about - and often criticising - the UK Government and its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Cummings currently runs a blog on blogging website Substack, which reader can subscribe to monthly.
In the posts, he often criticises the Government, spilling secrets from his time within his job.
The most recent allegation to come from his posts include the allegation that Boris Johnson lied to parliament about his knowledge of gatherings staff held in Downing Street amid strict Covid measures.
The Prime Minister told MPs in the House of Commons that he believed a party - which he admitted to attending for at least 25 minutes - was a “work event” and was not warned about the illegality of the gathering before this.
However, Cumming has said the he and other witnesses would “swear under oath” that Boris Johnson and his principal private secretary were in fact warned by Cummings and at least one other “very senior official” that the gathering should not go ahead.
Why did Dominic Cummings leave his position?
Cumming quietly left his position in November 2020, after months of scandal.
He and his family were found to have travelled while experiencing Covid-19 symptoms to Durham during the height of the first lockdown when non-essential travel was permitted and a stay-at-home order was in place.
Cummings denied that he or his family had broken any rules, claiming that a drive to nearby Barnard Castle was to “test his eyesight” and that they had visited his parent’s farm for essential childcare reasons.
Despite being urged by MPs across the political spectrum to resign, Cumming remained in his position and he received the backing of Boris Johnson.
Eventually, Cumming left his post in November 2020.
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