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Dominic Cummings

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) and former special advisor Dominic Cummings leave from the rear of Downing Street - Credit: AFP via Getty Images

Dominic Cummings

Dominic Cummings’ ‘pet project’ risks being a ‘side door to sleaze in science’

A new £800 million research agency – which was originally described as Dominic Cummings’ ‘pet project’ – risks being a “side door to sleaze in science”, the opposition has warned. Ministers want the Advanced Research and Invention Agency (Aria) to focus on “high-risk, high-reward” research to explore new ideas while having “strategic and cultural” independence and […]
First minister Nicola Sturgeon in the Scottish parliament in Edinburgh - Credit: PA

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Nicola Sturgeon takes swipe at No 10 following Dominic Cummings’ Covid contracts admission

Nicola Sturgeon has criticised Downing Street after Dominic Cummings admitted he made a recommendation that led to a friend’s firm receiving government work.  Cummings made the admission after campaigners took legal action against the Cabinet Office over the payment of more than £500,000 to research firm Public First without a formal tendering process. The first minister hit out […]
Emily Maitlis introduces BBC Newsnight with a summary of the government's reponse to the Dominic Cummings story. - Credit: BBC

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Individual complaint sparks Ofcom ‘assessment’ over Newsnight’s Dominic Cummings remarks

The TV broadcasting watchdog is looking into the comments Emily Maitlis made about Dominic Cummings after he broke lockdown earlier this year. The Newsnight coverage centred on the former senior adviser to Boris Johnson’s trip from London to Durham during the first lockdown. The BBC previously ruled that the presenter’s comments about Dominic Cummings, breached impartiality rules.  […]
Senior aide to the prime minister Dominic Cummings, in Downing Street in Westminster. Photograph: Kirsty O'Connor/PA. - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

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Dominic Cummings ‘quietly received’ 40% pay rise while Boris Johnson’s adviser

Dominic Cummings has been heavily criticised for “quietly receiving” a 40% pay rise while he was Boris Johnson’s adviser in Downing Street. Government special advisers were paid almost £10 million last year, new figures have revealed, with former chief adviser Cummings paid the equivalent of £140,000-£144,999 – up from £95,000-£99,999 last year. Dominic Cummings quietly received […]
Former health secretary Stephen Dorrell speaking during a People's Vote press conference at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London - Credit: PA

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Ex-Tory minister challenges claim there’ll be a ‘different’ Boris Johnson without Dominic Cummings

A former Tory minister has challenged claims Boris Johnson will be ‘different’ without Dominic Cummings.  Stephen Dorrell, who served as a health secretary under John Major’s government, said it was unlikely that the prime minister would change tact now that his most senior and controversial adviser has resigned. Speaking with the LBC’s Nick Ferrari, the former cabinet […]
The Guardian's George Manbiot on BBC 2's Politics Live - Credit: Twitter

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Commentator criticises media for focusing on Downing Street infighting over Brexit ‘dystopia’

The media’s focus on infighting in Number 10 is a distraction from the Brexit armageddon facing the UK, a commentator has argued. The Guardian‘s George Monbiot said British newspapers were prioritising ‘scandal’ over the Brexit negotiations. He said: “Putting the resignation of a Downing Street adviser as top headline during a moment of multiple global and national crises […]
Prime minister Boris Johnson during a press briefing in Downing Street, London, on coronavirus - Credit: PA

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No 10 insists Boris Johnson has been ‘absolutely focused’ on coronavirus pandemic

Downing Street has dismissed claims that the in-fighting at the heart of government shows that Boris Johnson is distracted from tackling coronavirus. Responding to Labour leader Keir Starmer’s criticisms that he is not focusing “on the job in hand”, his official spokesperson said that he was “absolutely focused” on the pandemic.  The spokesman said: “The prime minister is […]
Dominic Cummings is planning 'secret' visits to several highly-classified defence facilities across Britain as part of a review to overhaul the military; Leon Neal/Getty Images - Credit: Getty Images,

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Dominic Cummings’ unpaid council tax estimated to fund more than 23,000 free school meals, finds report

Dominic Cummings’ unpaid council tax bill could fund thousands of free school meals, a report has found. Figures from the Evening Chronicle show Cummings’ debts could cover more than 23,000 meals in County Durham. Cummings owes £50,000 in unpaid council tax on two homes built in breach of regulations. Instead of the charges being backdated, Cummings will now only […]
Tory cabinet minister Robert Jenrick on Sky News - Credit: Sky News, Twitter

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Minister accused of ‘double standards’ over SNP MP after defending Dominic Cummings

Robert Jenrick has been accused of having “double standards” after his criticisms of opposition MPs breaking Covid regulations was not extended to the prime minister’s top adviser, Dominic Cummings. SNP MP Margaret Ferrier broke self-isolation guidelines when she travelled from her Glaswegian seat of Rutherglen and Hamilton West to Westminster while waiting for the results of a coronavirus test. Upon […]
Senior aide to prime minister Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings in Downing Street, London. - Credit: PA

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Dominic Cummings’ data protection shake-up threatens billions in EU trade, Brussels warns

Dominic Cummings’ data protection shake-up threatens billions of pounds in trade with the EU, Brussels has warned. Cummings’ radical “pro-tech” plan to rewrite Britain’s data protection laws could jeopardise the flow of data between the UK and the EU, the Guardian has revealed. The government released its new data strategy report which promises a “transformation” of the UK’s […]