The Prime Minister’s former chief adviser — turned arch-critic — suggested Mr Johnson “doesn’t think he did anything wrong” during the Partygate scandal.
The intervention follows the release today of the Sue Gray report which has revealed the extent of partying at Number 10 during the Covid crisis.
Mr Cummings, who himself has sparked widespread public outrage with a trip to Barnard Castle during lockdown, has repeatedly urged the Prime Minister to leave and made a number of notable claims about his former boss’ behaviour.
Now he has hinted that the Prime Minister feels he has behaved appropriately throughout the affair, despite a flurry of creeping apologies today.
But Mr Johnson has also repeatedly claimed he thought he was at a work event for the assembly, from which he was fined by the Metropolitan Police. He downplayed the seriousness of the incident, despite becoming the first prime minister to break the law while in office.
In a tweet, Mr Cummings wrote: “He doesn’t think he did anything wrong, as he repeatedly said in 2020: ‘Everyone better remember I’m the frigging leader here.’
Mr Johnson told a Downing Street press conference: “I understand why people are outraged and why people are angry at what has happened.”
But when asked if he had ever considered retiring, he replied: “I feel overwhelmingly that my job is to move forward and deliver.
“No matter how bitter and painful the conclusions from this may be – and they are – and no matter how humiliating they are, I must carry on and the government must carry on. And we are.’
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Tory MPs gave a muted response to the report, but a YouGov quick poll after it was published said three in five Britons want Mr Johnson to quit.
The report said the “senior leadership” in No. 10 must “take accountability” for the culture that led to lockdown rule breaks at a number of events in 2020 and 2021.
Mr Cummings also tweeted about the report: “So Sue Gray stopped investigating ABBA party because police started ‘police not investigating’, (Sue Gray) says it’s ‘disproportionate’ to investigate now, 0 interviewed by those who saw/heard the party.
The Metropolitan Police have issued 126 fines for breaches of rules at No 10 and Whitehall, with the Prime Minister receiving a single fixed sentence for his birthday celebration in the Cabinet Room in June 2020.
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer told the Commons the report “exposed the rot” in No 10 and urged Tory MPs to tell Mr Johnson that “the game is over” and that it is “time to pack your bags.” to pack”.
In a Commons statement, Mr Johnson reiterated his apology for the birthday party, adding: “I take full responsibility for everything that happened under my watch.”
“Sue Gray’s report has stressed that it is up to the political leadership in Number 10 to take ultimate responsibility and of course I do.”
Number 10 was contacted for comment on the claim.
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