By Deirdre Tynan •
Published: 26 May 2021 • 15:25
Former aide, Dominic Cummings.
The Prime Minister’s fiancée, was going “completely crackers” over a story about her dog in a Sunday newspaper while Boris Johnson tried to deal with a pandemic and a request from the US that Britain join their bombing campaign in the Middle East.
The PM’s former right-hand man, Dominic Cummings, made the explosive claims while testifying in front of a joint parliamentary committee about the government’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis in London today.
Cummings said that on 12 March 2020, as the scale of the pandemic became clear, he told Prime Minister Johnson that the UK could be looking at between 100,000 and 500,000 deaths. On the say day, government was fielding demands from the US to partake in a bombing raid in Iraq.
However, the Downing Street press office had been commandeered by Carrie Symonds’s who was angrily obsessing about a Sunday Times story about how they wanted to get rid of their dog, Dilyn, Cummings claimed.
“It sounds so surreal couldn’t possibly be true, that day, the Times had run a huge story about the Prime Minister and his girlfriend and their dog. The Prime Minister’s girlfriend was going completely crackers about this story and demanding that the press office deal with that,” he said on May 26.
“So, we had this sort of completely insane situation in which part of the building was saying are we going to bomb Iraq? Part of the building was arguing about whether or not we’re going to do quarantine or not do quarantine, the Prime Minister has his girlfriend going crackers about something completely trivial,” he added.
Carrie Symonds, a former Conservative Party director of communications, is believed to have played a key role in having Cummings sacked last year amid allegations that Downing street insiders referred to her as “Princess Nut Nuts”.
This PM and Symonds are due to get married next year.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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