Coronavirus news UK: Dominic Cummings says Boris Johnson 'put his career ahead of lives' as he spills No.10 secrets

Coronavirus news UK: Dominic Cummings says Boris Johnson 'put his career ahead of lives' as he spills No.10 secrets

BORIS Johnson allowed Brits die from Covid to save his political career, Dominic Cumming has sensationally claimed.

The former top No10 aide made the bombshell claims during his first TV interview since leaving Downing Street, which airs this evening at 7pm on BBC2.

Speaking to the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg, Cummings said Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance both urged the PM to lockdown last September to stop a killer second wave, but Boris told them “no no no”.

He also revealed Whatsapps the PM sent last October in which the PM said he said he no longer “buys into all this NHS overwhelmed stuff”.

In yet another broadside against the PM, Cummungs said: “His attitude at that point [autumn 2020] was a weird mix of partly it’s all nonsense and lockdowns don’t work anyway and partly, well this is terrible but the people who are dying are essentially all over 80 and we can’t kill the economy just because of people dying over 80.”

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    40,000 CARE HOME STAFF RISK BEING LOST OVER MANDATORY JABS, SAYS 'BEST' ESTIMATE

    Around 40,000 care home staff risk being lost as a result of introducing compulsory Covid-19 vaccinations in England and could cost the industry £100 million to replace, according to the Government's own "best" estimate.

    The number represents 7% of the profession's 570,000-strong workforce and is the "midpoint" between the upper and lower estimates of 70,000 (12%) and 17,000 (3%) respectively.

    From the autumn, anyone working in a Care Quality Commission-registered care home in England must have two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine unless they have a medical exemption, under regulations already backed by MPs despite a Tory revolt.

    The threatened impact of the move emerged as the House of Lords inflicted a defeat on the Government to register concern about the way the measure is being brought in, with one peer accusing the Department of Health and Social Care of "lying".

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    DOMINIC CUMMINGS CLAIMS HE TIRED TO OUT BORIS JOHNSON BECAUSE HE 'DIDN'T HAVE A PLAN'

    Cummings claimed he tried to out the PM because he "didn't have a plan."

    He said:“I had a plan, I was trying to get things done, he didn’t have a plan… he didn’t have an agenda, you know the Prime Minister’s only agenda is buy more trains, buy more buses, have more bikes and build the world’s most stupid tunnel to Ireland, that’s it.”

    The BBC's Laura Kuenssberg asked him if it made him a "treacherous" person for plotting against the PM, to which he replied: "In some ways yes."

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    THE SOONER JOHNSON LEAVES NO 10 THE BETTER, SAYS CUMMINGS

    Dominic Cummings has admitted he thought Boris Johnson being Prime Minister was "terrible for the country",, but that he and "a few dozen" backers sought to use his premiership to their advantage.

    The former de facto chief of staff in No 10 said he had found Mr Johnson to have "hopeless" traits after working with him during the 2016 Brexit referendum, but agreed after he entered Downing Street three years later to assist him.

    But Mr Cummings, who left No 10 in the autumn after a power struggle, admitted he was now working to hasten the Prime Minister's demise.

    Asked on the BBC whether he was looking to "hasten" Mr Johnson's departure from Downing Street, he said: "Certainly. The sooner he goes the better, for sure."

    In the hour-long broadcast, Mr Cummings said he had looked to "exploit" the situation the country found itself in after Mr Johnson took power.

    "I think it is terrible for the country but I keep trying to stress, you've got to balance up the different possibilities," he said.

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    DOMINIC CUMMINGS ACCUSES BORIS JOHNSON OF LETTING BRITS DIE FROM COVID TO SAVE HIS POLITICAL SKIN

    Dominic Cummings accuses Boris Johnson of letting Brits die from Covid to save his political skin

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    MAPPED: ROYAL MAIL 'PINGDEMIC' DELIVERY CHAOS AREAS

    Deliveries of letters and packages have been disrupted after a wave of postal staff have been forced into Covid self-isolation.

    Royal Mail service alerts were issued for eight locations alone over the weekend, from Bath to Blackpool, the Sun can reveal.

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    GRAPHIC: UK COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS PER DAY

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    CUMMINGS SAYS HE HAS NOT SPOKEN TO BORIS JOHNSON

    Answering a question on whether he still speaks to Boris, Mr Cummings said: "Last time i spoke to him was the Friday I left No.10.

    "He texted me a few days later asking if I'd speak to him and I said no.

    "It doesn't bother me one way or the other [if i speak to him again]."

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    DOWNING STREET SAYS 'ALL POLITICAL APPOINTMENTS MADE BY PM'

    Downing Street gave a statement at the end of the documentary, saying: "All political appointments are made entirely by the Prime Minister".

     

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    BEZOS ANNOUNCED NEW $100 MILLION 'COURAGE AND CIVILITY' GRANTFOLLOWING BLUE ORIGIN SPACE FLIGHT

    Jeff Bezos announced a new philanthropic venture at the press conference following the Blue Origin spaceflight.

    The Courage & Civility Award is a $100 million grant that the recipient can give to the charities or nonprofits of their choice.

    The award “recognizes leaders who aim high and who pursue solutions with courage and always do so with civility,” according to Bezos.

    Bezos gave the first award to Van Jones, news commentator and founder of Dream Corps, and the second award to award-winning chef José Andrés.

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    'CARRIE WANTED US ALL OUT', AND WANTED TO 'APPOINT CLOWNS TO KEY JOBS' SAYS CUMMINGS

    "Carrie's view was and is – the PM doesn't have a plan and doesnt' know how Whitehall works.In 2019 her view was better that its Dom and Vote Leave team than civil service.

    "But as soon as election was won it was, why should it be Dom and Vote Leave team, why shouldn't it be me."

    Mr Cunmings continued: "Literally immediately after the election it was already clear that this was a problem. We were having meetings in No.10 saying that Carrie all wants us gone.

    "The situation we found ourselves in is that the PM's girlfriend wanted to get rid of us and appoint clowns to certain key jobs.

    "We actually have some pretty good judgement about who is competent and who isn't competent."

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    CUMMINGS: NO ONE ON EARTH COULD BE CERTAIN LEAVING EU WAS 'RIGHT DECISION'

    Mr Cummings said that "no-one on Earth" could be certain it had been the right decision to quit the EU.

    "I think anyone who says they're sure about questions like that has a screw loose, whether you're on the Remain side or on our side," he said.

    "One of the reasons why we won is… we didn't think we 

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    CUMMINGS SAYS HE AND ALLIES STARTED TO FEAR THEY WOULD LOSE THEIR JOBS UNDER BORIS AS PM

    Mr Cummings said he and his allies began to fear for their positions by January 2020 and started discussing Mr Johnson's future.

    "[People] were already saying, 'By the summer, either we'll all have gone from here or we'll be in the process of trying to get rid of [Mr Johnson] and get someone else in as prime minister'," he said.

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    DOMINIC CUMMINGS 'WANTED TO RE-WIRE THE SYSTEM'[ SAYS LAURA K

    Cummings wanted to re-wire the whole system says Laura K.

    Mr Cummings nods and agrees with the system.

     

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    CUMMINGS: AS ADVISERS WE CAN TELL WHO IS COMPETENT AND WHO IS NOT

    Cummings says advisers do not haver the power as unelected officials to oust a Prime Minister.

    But we "do have ways of being able to tell who is competent and who isn't it", he adds.

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    CUMMINGS: I WAS EXPLICIT THAT SENIOR LEADERSHIP OF TORY PARTY WAS NOT RIGHT TO LEAD THE COUNTRY

    "I was extremely explicit over the years that the senior leadership of conservative party were not the right people to be leading the country.

    "I don't think that's a reasonable claim to make about me."

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    BORIS JOHNSON 'DIDN'T KNOW WHAT HE WAS DOING AND HE NEEDED HELP' SAYS CUMMINGS

    "I thought BJ had some abilities in various ways, and also completely hopeless in other ways. there are many many people I know who I'd much prefer to see in no 10 but that wasn't practical.

    "I also felt that because Boris knows he needs help, that also provides an opp to push the country in a more positive direction.

    "He didnt know what he was doing but he did know he needed help."

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    CUMMINGS INSISTS VOTE LEAVE 'USED TRUE FIGURES' TO PUSH THROUGH BREXIT

    "We were using true figures… if the worst that can be said about a political campaign is that they used real figures but it needed more context – then you can say "vote leave has been more honest than any other political campaign".

    He added: "I don't think we won on false pretences – the arguments we made about the weaknesses, costs about the EU were vindicated"

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    CUMMINGS ADMITS HE LOOKED INTO OUSTING BORIS JOHNSON AS PRIME MINISTER

    Former Downing Street adviser Dominic Cummings said he looked into replacing Boris Johnson as Prime Minister only weeks after helping him to secure a 80-seat majority at the 2019 election.

    In an interview with the BBC, Mr Cummings – who was Mr Johnson's closest aide before resigning last autumn – said: "Before even mid-January we were having meetings in Number 10 saying it's clear that Carrie (Johnson) wants rid of all of us.

    "At that point we were already saying by the summer either we'll all have gone from here or we'll be in the process of trying to get rid of him and get someone else in as Prime Minister."

    He added: "(Mr Johnson) doesn't have a plan, he doesn't know how to be Prime Minister and we only got him in there because we had to solve a certain problem not because he was the right person to be running the country."

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    CUMMINGS: WORLD EVENTS HAVE VALIDATED THE VOTE LEAVE WIN IN EU REFERENDUM

    "i obvously think brexit was a good thing", Cummings added.

    "The way the world has worked out since 2016 has validated Vote Leave."

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    CUMMINGS: BORIS PUT HIS OWN POLITICAL CAREERS AHEAD OF PEOPLE'S LIVES

    "He put his own political career ahead of people's lives," he said.

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    CUMMINGS ACCUSED OF 'DISTORTING INFORMATION' AROUND BREXIT AND LYING TO VOTERS

    Laura K says Cummings' Vote Leave campaign was "distorting information".

    Mr Cummings says the Leave campaign was not won on distorted truths.

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    LAURA K SAYS '350 MILLION BREXIT SLOGAN' WAS NOT THE COMPLETE TRUTH

    Dominic CUmminghs smiled when Laura K said his "£350million" line on the side of Brexit bus was "not the truth".

    Mr Cummings has wiggled out of the question.

    She also says he lied on Turkey imminently joining the EU at the time to twist the referendum vote in Leave's favour.

     

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    CUMMINGS: 'PM REFERRED TO THE TELEGRAPH AS HIS REAL BOSS'

    "Boris said repeatedly we should not have done the first lockdown," he said.

    "The PM referred to The Telegraph as his real boss," Cummings added in another explosive claim.

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    CUMMINGS: NO ONE KNOWS IF BREXIT WAS A GOOD IDEA

    Cummings has said no one knows if Brexit was a good idea.

    He says anyone that thinks they do know "is a complete idiot".

    I don't know what sort of person you'd be if you didnt think Brexit was going to go down as a massive mixtake, says Mr Cummings.

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    CUMMINGS EXPLAINS BARNARD CASTLE SCANDAL FURTHER

    On trip to durham – "I'd had repeated security problems at my house going back to 2019, these problems had re-emerged… I'd said maybe I'd just move to my Dads farm in Durham.

    My wife was kind of ill but not with all the right symptoms.

    "The situation was extremely chaotic… the plan was when I discussed it with the PM – he agreed we should just say nothing about it. What then happened is that he suddenly changed his mind and said we cant stick with the initial plan. I said I'm not going into the security stuff and the whole thing turned into a whole mess."

    "Everything i said in the rose garden was true but i didn't go into all the security concerns in the background. There's also no doubt that the way we handled the whole thing was wrong – what I should've done is resigned, or spoken to my family and said we're just going to have to come clean about the whole thing."

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