DOMINIC Cummings has been branded an “obsessed bully” over his feud with Boris Johnson’s fiancée.
Friends of Carrie Symonds told how she has been driven to despair by constant leaks to embarrass her.
Boris Johnson’s fiancée Carrie Symonds has been driven to ‘despair’ after Dominic Cummings’ repetitive ‘leaks’Credit: Getty
Mr Cummings was branded an ‘obsessed bully’ over his row with Mrs SymondsCredit: AFP
They say she is convinced former No10 aide Mr Cummings is behind a campaign to undermine her.
One pal claimed: “He should pick on someone his own size who is able to fight back. He’s an obsessed bully. He should leave her alone.” The PM accused Mr Cummings of being the “chatty rat” involved in leaks after being urged to do so by Ms Symonds and her allies.
An MI5 investigation into one leak that forced the PM to rush forward lockdown plans pointed the finger at his adviser. An insider claimed: “Boris had no doubt Dom was behind private information being made public. Carrie and her allies convinced him he had to act.”
Mr Johnson knew that taking on Mr Cummings — described by former PM David Cameron as “a career psychopath” — was high risk. But he told one minister: “I have to lance the boil. It’s time to tackle the source of our problems.”
Mr Cummings quit Downing Street clutching a cardboard box last November after clashes with Ms Symonds. Senior sources say they have incontrovertible evidence he is behind leaks — despite his protestations in a 1,100-word statement on Friday.
A pal of Ms Symonds said: “It’s been really unpleasant for her. She’s had to put up with all these anonymous slurs while not being able to speak out herself. It was Carrie who put Boris up to hitting back. She’s had enough and thinks Dom should pick on people able to defend themselves.”
Some of her pals told ‘he should pick on someone his own size who is able to fight back’Credit: The Sun
Former PM David Cameron had previously described Mr Cummings as ‘a career psychopath’Credit: Reuters
A DOWNING Street aide branded the “chatty rat” by Dominic Cummings is not even a suspect, investigators revealed last night.
Henry Newman, a special adviser and close friend of Carrie Symonds, has denied being behind the leak of lockdown plans.
Last night a senior source close to a Cabinet Office inquiry told The Sun on Sunday: “Newman isn’t in our crosshairs.” Mr Newman and Carrie built their friendship on political ambition and a shared love of Abba.
It has been established Mr Newman was not at the lockdown meeting — nor at any where details were discussed. Sources also said that neither Mr Cummings nor Lee Cain, No 10’s ex-head of communications, had been “completely exonerated” as they claim.
Allies say the stream of stories has taken its toll on her and created tension within her circle of friends. Those around her are said to have become “increasingly paranoid”.
Yesterday, Mr Cummings followed up his toxic attack on the PM by implying that ministers were too slow to close the UK border during the pandemic.
In response to a social media post showing how Vietnam had limited its death toll to just 35, he declare it a “V important issue re: learning from disaster”.
Downing Street is braced for further revelations from Mr Cummings when he gives evidence to a Commons committee on May 26.
Jittery colleagues fear he may have a fresh bombshell in his box of tricks and it could deliver a fatal blow to the Premiership. One of six wannabe Tory leaders has put their dormant campaign team on standby in case he is able to bring him down.
Labour and Remainer opponents have joined criticism of the PM — who on Friday played football in Hartlepool ahead of next month’s by-election there.
Mr Cummings said that ministers were too slow to close the UK border during the pandemicCredit: Getty
Colleagues fear Cummings may have a fresh bombshell which could deliver a fatal blow to the PremiershipCredit: PA
Former Tory attorney general Dominic Grieve said that the PM had turned No10 into a ‘lying machine’Credit: Rex Features
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer joined criticism of Boris Johnson and told him to ‘publish the details’ of the refurbishment of his No11 flatCredit: Getty
Former Tory attorney general Dominic Grieve claimed that Mr Johnson had turned No10 into a “lying machine”.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer called for a full investigation into the refurbishment of Mr Johnson’s No11 flat.
He added: “Publish the details, have the full inquiry. Every day there’s more of this sleaze and, frankly, it stinks.”
Further push for level up UK plan
BORIS Johnson will intensify his drive to level up Britain with a bold action plan to improve living standards.
The PM has made it a priority to spread opportunity to every region as we recover from Covid. He aims to help hardest-hit areas and told MPs to come up with ideas to kickstart regions.
His masterplan will be detailed in a White Paper unveiled in the autumn. MP Neil O’Brien has been appointed the PM’s levelling up adviser to help co-ordinate ideas.
He said: “It’s crucial we bring opportunity to every part of the UK by making sure spending, tax, investment and regeneration priorities bring about meaningful change.”
A No10 source said: “The PM believes every part of the UK deserves to benefit from the same opportunities.”