The PM’s aide turned arch critic suggested Boris Johnson doesn’t think he has done anything wrong (Picture: @Dominic2306/Getty)
The Prime Minister’s former chief aide – turned arch critic – suggested Mr Johnson ‘doesn’t think he did anything wrong’ during the partygate scandal.
The intervention follows the publication of the Sue Gray report today, which laid bare the scale of partying in Number 10 during the Covid crisis.
Mr Cummings, who himself caused widespread public outrage with a trip to Barnard Castle during lockdown, has repeatedly called for the PM to go and made a series of remarkable claims about his former boss’ conduct.
Now he has suggested that the PM thinks he behaved appropriately during the whole affair, despite a series of grovelling apologies today.
But Mr Johnson has also repeatedly claimed that he thought he was at a work event for the gathering he was fined by by the Metropolitan Police. He played down the severity of the incident despite it making him the first Prime Minister to be found to have broken the law in office.
In a tweet, Mr Cummings wrote: ‘He doesn’t think he did anything wrong, as he said repeatedly in 2020 ‘Everyone better remember I’m the fucking Fuhrer around here’
Mr Johnson told a Downing Street press conference: ‘I understand why people are indignant and why people have been angry at what took place.’
But pressed whether he ever considered resigning, he responded: ‘I overwhelmingly feel it is my job to get on and deliver.
‘No matter how bitter and painful that the conclusions of this may be – and they are – and no matter how humbling they are, I have got to keep moving forward and the Government has got to keep moving. And we are.’
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Tory MPs gave a muted response to the report but a snap poll from YouGov after it was published said three in five Britons want Mr Johnson to quit.
The report said the ‘senior leadership’ in No 10 must ‘bear responsibility’ for the culture which led to lockdown rules being broken at a series of events in 2020 and 2021.
Mr Cummings also tweeted of the report: ‘So Sue Gray inquiry into ABBA party stopped ‘cos police starting’, cops don’t investigate, (Sue Gray) says ‘disproportionate’ to investigate now, 0 of those who saw/heard party interviewed.
The Metropolitan Police has issued 126 fines for rule breaches in No 10 and Whitehall, with the Prime Minister receiving a single fixed-penalty notice for his birthday party in the Cabinet Room in June 2020.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer told the Commons the report ‘laid bare the rot’ in No 10 and called on Tory MPs to tell Mr Johnson ‘the game is up’ and that it is ‘time to pack his bags’.
In a Commons statement, Mr Johnson repeated his apology over the birthday party and added: ‘I take full responsibility for everything that took place on my watch.
‘Sue Gray’s report has emphasised that it is up to the political leadership in Number 10 to take ultimate responsibility and, of course, I do.’
Number 10 has been contacted for comment about the claim.
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