Cross-party MPs take aim at Dominic Cummings claims in new BBC interview ‘very childish’

Dominic Cummings is 'hell bent on revenge' says Conor Burns

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Speaking to Politics LIVE on Tuesday, Conservative MP for Bournemouth West Conor Burns and Canterbury Labour MP Rosie Duffield collectively slammed Dominic Cummings following a devastating series of allegations made in a new interview. Speaking to the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg, the former aide to Boris Johnson claims the Prime Minister joked that elderly people could “get Covid and live longer” and that he “did not buy” the fact the NHS would “not be able to cope” with the influx of coronavirus patients. The devastating claims were branded as desperate attempts at “revenge” but also “horrific” if they turn out to be true.

Conor Burns launched a heavy rebuttal of Mr Cummings’ comments surrounding Mr Johnson and how he has run the country throughout the pandemic.

The Tory MP said: “Dom is hell bent on revenge and he is operating to the law of demising returns.

“He is saying the same thing over and over again we had what felt like three days of evidence at the Science and Health Joint Select Committee.

“I feel very sad about this, he made an enormous contribution to the Brexit campaign and the 2019 General Election… But he is clearly determined to do the Prime Minister harm.”

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He went on to draw similarities between Mr Cummings’ actions and the style in which former Deputy Prime Minister Geoffrey Howe stepped down following Ms Thatcher’s position on Europe.

Burns said: “I watched the snippets last night and I couldn’t help but think of what Margaret Thatcher said of Geoffrey Howe’s resignation statement. 

“Wielding the knife, cleverly, too cleverly, that in the end, it wasn’t my record he assassinated – he assassinated his own character.”

Labour MP Rosie Duffield agreed, adding: “It is pretty sordid isn’t it and very, very childish and I am not entirely sure what Mr Cummings is after.

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“But if there is any truth to what he is saying that is also really shocking.”

Ms Duffield added: “I hope it isn’t true.

“I hope the Prime Minister doesn’t just have a completely callous disregard for all of the thousands of people in that age group who we have lost during this pandemic.

“Because that is really quite horrific if he does.”


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The purported remarks were made in a private WhatsApp chat with Mr Johnson’s team October 15, just two weeks before the second lockdown came into force.

Despite Mr Cummings’ claims, Downing Street said the Prime Minister had taken the “necessary action to protect lives and livelihoods, guided by the best scientific advice” throughout the pandemic.

A spokesperson added that the Government had prevented the NHS “from being overwhelmed through three national lockdowns”.

Dominic Cummings: The Interview will air at 7pm on Tuesday, July 20, on BBC Two.

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