Dominic Cummings is preparing to unveil information implicating Boris Johnson as personally to blame for the UK’s devastating coronavirus death toll, No10 insiders fear.
Mr Cummings is said to be preparing a bombshell dossier to present to the joint committee of MPs investigating the Government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis on May 26.
Mr Johnson allegedly told advisers he was ruling out more “f***ing lockdowns” after the second bout of restrictions in November, vowing to avoid them regardless of the number of “bodies”.
No10 has denied the claims.
The Prime Minister has been mired in escalating scandals on several fronts that threaten to overwhelm his administration over the weekend.
They include civil servants “double-hatting” by working in the public and private sectors simultaneously, creating possible conflicts of interest.
Former Whitehall procurement chief Bill Crothers became an adviser to Greensill Capital – the bank ex-PM David Cameron lobbied the Treasury for – while still working in the Civil Service.
And there were security concerns after Mr Johnson was discovered to have rejected a secure government-issue iPhone when he took office, keeping his personal device.
Leak scandals threatened to overwhelm Downing Street too, as it accused Dominic Cummings of releasing texts between the PM and Sir James Dyson, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
According to reports, the intelligence services had identified Mr Cummings as a culprit but “could not publish their evidence because it would reveal the secrets of their tradecraft”, including their accessing of WhatsApp messages.
Cummings denied the claim in a furious blog post, also denying being the “chatty rat” leaker who revealed the second lockdown in November.
He instead accused a friend of the PM’s fiancee Carrie Symonds.
Mr Cummings has also accused Mr Johnson of plotting an “unethical, foolish, possibly illegal” plan to get Tory donors to secretly fund a lavish refurbishment of his Downing Street flat.
Cabinet minister Liz Truss claimed yesterday that Mr Johnson paid for the refurbishment out of his own pocket – but was unable to say where he had got the money.
The PM also faces questions over whether he and Miss Symonds initially accepted a gift from Tory donors to carry out the refurb but failed to declare it, thereby avoiding tax payments.
Trade Secretary Ms Truss, the first minister to speak publicly since Mr Cummings’ incendiary claims on Friday, dismissed the allegations as “tittle tattle”.
Labour frontbencher Jess Phillips said: “What we need is a proper independent inquiry where it isn’t about two boys fighting and is about taxpayers in our country.”
Britain’s top civil servant will today pledge to “tighten up” Whitehall the rules regarding mandarins’ moonlighting.
Cabinet Secretary Simon Case, also likely to face questions on the row between Mr Cummings and the PM, is understood to have told civil servant chiefs last week he would look again at the rules on moonlighting to see whether they needed strengthening.
He has already asked all Government departments to draw up lists of senior officials who also work for private-sector businesses.
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Mr Case is due to appear before the Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee Monday afternoon.
Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner said there was a “real stench” around the Government and called on Mr Johnson himself to appear in Parliament to explain what happened.
Sleaze claims have left Downing Street battling to persuade its new independent adviser on ministerial interests to take up the role, the Mirror understands.
Sources admitted the appointee, who No10 was hoping to unveil a week ago, had developed “cold feet”.
One insider commented: “I can’t bloody blame them.”
The post has been empty since November, when Sir Alex Allan resigned after Mr Johnson stood by Home Secretary Priti Patel, who Sir Alex found had bullied staff.
The role had been expected to go to an ex-diplomat who currently sits as a cross-bench peer in the House of Lords.