Cummings drops bomb claiming way better evidence against Boris floating around

Dominic Cummings on plan to 'get rid' of Boris Johnson

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The Prime Minister’s former chief aide sent the warning after a photograph of Boris Johnson and his staff – one wearing tinsel – near an open bottle during a Christmas quiz during coronavirus restrictions was published. Reacting to the picture published by The Mirror, Mr Cummings wrote on Twitter: “There’s waaaaay better pics than that floating around, incl in the flat.”

His warning will add to further pressure on Mr Johnson, who is facing calls to resign after the picture was published. 

The event on December 15 2020 is not one of those being investigated by the Metropolitan Police after officers were passed evidence from the Sue Gray inquiry.

Officers are investigating 12 separate gatherings in No. 10 and Whitehall during 2020 and 2021. These include three that Mr Johnson is known to have attended and one in the Downing Street flat.

But London was under Tier 2 restrictions at the time, which prohibited social mixing between different households indoors.

Official guidance said: “Although there are exemptions for work purposes, you must not have a work Christmas lunch or party, where that is a primarily social activity and is not otherwise permitted by the rules in your tier.”

Mr Cummings has previously also accused the Prime Minister of lying about his knowledge of the Number 10 lockdown parties.

In an ominous warning to Mr Johnson, Mr Cummings said in a blog post: “Not only me but other eyewitnesses who discussed this at the time would swear under oath this is what happened.”

Shadow minister Fabian Hamilton challenged Mr Johnson over the image published during this afternoon’s Prime Minister’s questions.

The Labour MP said: “In the last few minutes a photo has emerged of the Prime Minister in Downing Street on December 15, 2020 surrounded by alcohol, food and people wearing tinsel.

“It looks a lot like one of the Christmas parties he told us never happened.”

He added: “Will the Prime Minister be referring this party to the police as it is not one of the ones currently being investigated?”

Mr Johnson responded: “In what he has just said, I’m afraid he is completely in error.”

Challenged again during PMQs, Mr Johnson added: “That event already has been submitted for investigation”.

Mr Cummings has been a constant thorn in Mr Johnson’s side ever since he left his role as a political strategist who served as the Prime Minister’s “right-hand man” in November 2020.

He was forced out of his Downing Street role at the end of 2020 after an internal power struggle in Downing Street, which also saw the departure of communications director Lee Cain.

Mr Cain supposedly had been offered the job of Mr Johnson’s chief-of-staff, but the promotion sparked bitter infighting in the party, with Carrie Symonds allegedly opposing the change of role.

Mr Cain then announced he was quitting as the Prime Minister’s director of communications – something Mr Cummings saw as his fellow Vote Leave campaigner effectively having been forced out of Number 10.

Mr Cummings left Downing Street on November 14, 2020, carrying a box of his belongings.

During his career, he was at the forefront of several important campaigns including his position as director of the Vote Leave campaign.

The former chief adviser was also at the centre of the 2020 controversy after he undertook a 30-mile drive to Barnard Castle to ‘test his eyesight’, despite lockdown rules prohibiting this.

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