Boris Johnson has accused his former aide Dominic Cummings of leaking his private texts in order to damage the prime minister.
According to sources within Number 10 the PM is “deeply disappointed and saddened” about the leaks. Dominic Cummings was forced out of Downing Street last year after a row with the prime minister’s fiance. Staffers around the prime minister have been told to cease all contact with Mr Cummings after he was accused of releasing the PM’s private communications to journalists.
On Monday Boris Johnson’s text messages with the billionaire inventor James Dyson were published by the BBC. The messages showed the prime minister agreeing to fix tax issues for Dyson, who was manufacturing ventilators for the government at the height of the coronavirus pandemic last year.
The correspondence drew criticism from Labour who accused Boris Johnson of offering favours to his close friends.
Two weeks ago messages between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the prime minister were published by a newspaper, in another damaging leak being blamed on Mr Cummings. They showed the prince urging the prime minister to change the Premier League’s decision to block his £300m takeover bid of Newcastle United. An internal inquiry has been launched by the Cabinet Office to find out who is behind the stories.
Sources within Downing Street believe Mr Cummings is bitter due to the government’s recent vaccination programme success and promising polls showing a comfortable lead over Keir Starmer’s Labour Party.
According to newspaper reports allies of the former senior advisor strongly deny being behind the leaks.
Steven Edginton, The Sun
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