Boris Johnson warned ‘get a grip’ as Dominic Cummings to make PM ‘dance to his tune’

Boris Johnson told to 'get a grip' on Cummings row by Jones

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A former spokesman for Theresa May, Joey Jones warned the Prime Minister that a “circle the wagons” approach by 10 Downing Street will not be enough to quash accusations levelled by ex-aide Dominic Cummings. Mr Jones advised Boris Johnson to “get a grip” of the narrative surrounding the leaks scandal engulfing Westminister or face ceding control over to Mr Cummings. Reflecting on the crisis gripping the Prime Ministers’ close circle, Mr Jones remarked: “They don’t seem to have control of what is going on.”

The political advisor told TalkRADIO: “It feels like that sort of circle the wagons mindset has taken hold within Downing Street.

“I think it is misguided because the problem is there are people out there most notably Dominic Cummings who have information.

“Who were inside when decisions were taken and who basically now can make the Prime Minster dance to their tune.

“Unless Boris Johnson gets out there and starts to get a grip on the situation and starts to take control of the narrative.

He continued: “It is within his power to explain some of these issues.

“Particularly around the refurbishment of the flat, it just seems to come down to stubbornness to obstinacy that he is refusing to do that and hoping that the storm will blow itself out.”

Joining the discussion, host Julia Hartley-Brewer pointed out: “Storms often do blow themselves out.

“He has had a very staunch rule over all of his life he doesn’t talk about his private life, he won’t go into that.”

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Ms Hartley-Brewer added the issue was Mr Cummings was at the “heart” of Number 10 for more than a year and was privy to all major decisions.

She said: “He does know where the bodies are buried.

“He was at the meeting, he heard what was said.

“It would appear he has been keeping a diary, a dossier, he may have actually recorded some conversations.”

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It comes as senior Downing Street officials around Mr Johnson brace themselves for further embarrassing revelations when the former chief staffer appears for a committee of MPs next moths.

Mr Cummings is reported to prepare a “treasure trove” of information to present to the inquiry into the Government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis.

It comes after a series of damaging allegations hit the Prime Minister including claims that Party donations were used to renovate his Downing Street flat, while the Daily Mail reported Mr Johnson made a highly inflammatory remark regarding the Government’s lockdown strategy, reportedly saying: “No more f****** lockdowns – let the bodies pile high in their thousands!”

Number 10 has furiously denied Mr Johnson made the comment.

Downing Street source has pointed to Mr Cummings as the source of the leaks, a claim vehemently denied by the former political advisor.

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