Tories in uproar as Sunak and Cummings meet for ‘secret elections talks’ | Politics | News

December 31, 2023
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Boris Johnson’s former adviser Dominic Cummings has revealed that he secretly met PM Rishi Sunak to talk about how to defeat Labour.

Mr Cummings said he met Mr Sunak to talk about how to trounce Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour Party in an upcoming election. Writing on his blog, Mr Cummings about what took place in the meetings but said his conditions for doing a deal had not been met.

Downing Street has now confirmed there was a broad discussion of politics and campaigning but no job was offered. Mr Cummings wrote: “The PM decided against the deal I proposed.

“He wanted instead that I work secretly on politics and communication in return for a promise that I could come to No 10 and sort out my priorities after the election. I declined.”

His view is that Mr Sunak’s approach to government was “doomed”. During his Tory leadership campaign in 2022, Mr Sunak said Mr Cummings would have “absolutely nothing to do with any government that I am privileged to lead”.

Tory MPs have reacted furiously at Mr Cummings’s revelation, after The Times reported that the pair met last December and then again in July.

Speaking to The Telegraph, one former cabinet minister said of Mr Cummings: “The man is toxic. He caused chaos when he was in Number 10 before. He took down one prime minister [Boris Johnson] and here he is damaging another.”

Another former minister told the same publication: “There is a group of us who were in government at the time and who saw the orchestrated campaign to remove Boris Johnson as prime minister and Dominic Cummings’s role in that and Rishi Sunak’s role in that.”

They added it was “no coincidence that the truth is coming out of secret complicity” between the pair.



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