Ministers forced to deny Boris Johnsons top aide Dominic Cummings is the real PM


CABINET ministers have been forced to insist Dominic Cummings isnt the real PM after No10 was accused of enforcing iron clad centralisation.

The PMs most senior adviser has been blamed for Chancellor Sajid Javids ousting in Boris Johnson brutal Cabinet reshuffle last Thursday.

Boris Johnson’s top aide Dominic Cummings ‘in not the real PM’, ministers insist
Dominic Cummings was blamed for Sajid Javid’s ousting as Chancellor

As a backlash by Tory MPs grew against controversial Mr Cummings, a sacked former minister attacked the key aide in an open letter to the PM.

George Freeman claimed he got the boot from the Department of Transport last week because he somehow exceeded my brief with new thinking.

Mr Freeman declared: We wont unleash enterprise, innovation and regeneration by centralised command and control.

A long standing grudge held by Mr Cummings against Sajid Javid for backing Remain during the EU referendum was yesterday blamed for the PMs order to him to sack all his advisers, which the Chancellor refused and resigned.

Labour leadership contender Sir Keir Starmer ssaid Boris Johnsons weekly PMQs grilling in the Commons should be renamed DCQs – Dominic Cummings Questions – because he actually holds all the power.

Hitting back, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps insisted that was just not correct, adding: All the Prime Ministers advisers, Dominic Cummings included, are there to provide advice.

Mr Shapps also suggested that former Vote Leave guru Mr Cummings lost a battle when it was decided to go ahead with the north-south high speed rail network, which he opposed.

The transport boss said: Its not the case that things necessarily go Dominic Cummings way. Take HS2 this last week, a big decision that Dominic will have had views about.


The Budget is also likely to be delayed from March 11, Mr Shapps also revealed as new Chancellor Rishi Sunak may want time.

Some backbench Tory MPs have claimed they will rebel over the Budget to fire a warning shot at Downing Street for trying to seize total control of the Treasury.

Around 20 to 30 are willing to vote against the government to punish the regal arrogance of what they dubbed the court of King Boris.

It also emerged that Mr Cummings was slammed for being out of order by special adviser Lynn Davidson during an internal meeting of them all in No10 on Friday night.

Ms Davidson, a former Sun journalist, confronted for his unkindness last week when he told a previous meeting of the advisers half of them would be sacked.

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has said he was very sorry to see Sajid Javid resign this week.

On Sophy Ridge on Sunday he praised the former Chancellor for his decisive intervention in helping to get HS2 approved.

Mr Street said: His decisive intervention two days before the Prime Minister and he met around HS2 was really good because he came out really clearly, and it was admirable behaviour.

George Freeman said he was axed because he ‘somehow exceeded my brief with new thinking’

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said Dominic Cummings lost a battle on the decision to go ahead with HS2