Cummings denies being source of leaks and accuses PM of ‘possibly illegal’ plans over flat revamp
Boris Johnson’s former aide Dominic Cummings has denied being the source of the prime minister’s leaked text communications with businessman Sir James Dyson.
Several newspapers quoted unnamed Downing Street sources as claiming Mr Cummings had leaked the text messages, first reported by the BBC.
The leak revealed Mr Johnson had promised Sir James he would “fix” a tax issue for Dyson staff working to develop ventilators early on in the pandemic.
In a lengthy blog post, Mr Cummings said: “I do have some WhatsApp messages between the PM/Dyson forwarded to me by the PM.
“I have not found the ones that were leaked to Laura Kuenssberg on my phone nor am I aware of being sent them last year. I was not directly or indirectly a/the source for the BBC/Kuenssberg story on the PM/Dyson texts.”
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He said he is “happy to meet with the Cabinet Secretary” and to have his phone searched.
Mr Cummings also wrote about the renovation of Mr Johnson’s Downing Street flat.
He said the PM had “stopped speaking” to him about renovations last year “as I told him I thought his plans to have donors secretly pay for the renovation were unethical, foolish, possibly illegal and almost certainly broke the rules on proper disclosure of political donations if conducted in the way he intended”.