Dominic Cummings interview LIVE – Former No.10 aide says he planned to oust Boris Johnson DAYS after winning election

BORIS Johnson allowed Brits die from Covid to save his political career, Dominic Cumming has sensationally claimed.

The former top No10 aide made the bombshell claims during his first TV interview since leaving Downing Street, which airs this evening at 7pm on BBC2.

Speaking to the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg, Cummings said Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance both urged the PM to lockdown last September to stop a killer second wave, but Boris told them “no no no”.

He also revealed Whatsapps the PM sent last October in which the PM said he said he no longer “buys into all this NHS overwhelmed stuff”.

In yet another broadside against the PM, Cummungs said: “His attitude at that point [autumn 2020] was a weird mix of partly it’s all nonsense and lockdowns don’t work anyway and partly, well this is terrible but the people who are dying are essentially all over 80 and we can’t kill the economy just because of people dying over 80.”

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    CUMMINGS TALKS ABOUT INFAMOUS TRIP TO COUNTY DURHAM AND EXPLAINS WHY HE WITHHELD THE TRUTH

    Dominic CUmnmings says security problems at home and the issue of coronavirus in his wife led him to drive to County Durham.

    Laura says to him there was enormous public rage – and asks why he didn't tell truth.

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    CUMMINGS: I STOPPED BORIS FROM VISITING QUEEN IN CASE HE GAVE HER CORONAVIRUS

    Cummings said he convinced Boris not to see the Queen in case he gave Her Majesty coronavirus.

    Downing Street denies the allegation.

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    CUMMINGS SAYS BORIS 'DOESN'T KNOW HOW TO BE PRIME MINISTER'

    "He doesn't have a plan, he doesn't know how to be Prime Minister and we only got him in there because we had to solve a certain problem not because he was the right person to be running the country."

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    BORIS SAID 'WHY SHOULDN'T IT BE PULLING THE STRINGS' CUMMINGS ALLEGES

    Mr Cummings claimed that in 2019, ahead of the election, Mrs Johnson was happy to have Vote Leave officials working in Downing Street, but this later changed.

    He said: "As soon as the election was won her view was, 'why should it be Dominic and the Vote Leave team?' Why shouldn't it be me that's pulling the strings?'"

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    CUMMINGS: WE TALKED ABOUT REPLACING JOHNSON AS PM ONE MONTH AFTER ELECTION WIN

    Former Downing Street aide Dominic Cummings said he was looking to oust Boris Johnson as Prime Minister only weeks after helping him secure an 80-seat majority.

    Mr Cummings, who left No 10 in the autumn after a power struggle, accused Mr Johnson of not having a plan and said he "doesn't know how to be Prime Minister".

    In an interview with the BBC, the Vote Leave mastermind said he assisted the Conservative Party poll victory in December 2019 in order to settle the Brexit debate rather than due to any firm belief in his leadership.

    Mr Cummings also laid bare the extent of the fractious relationship between former Vote Leave officials and Mr Johnson's now-wife, Carrie Johnson only weeks after the landslide win.

    "Before even mid-January we were having meetings in Number 10 saying it's clear that Carrie (Johnson) wants rid of all of us," said the former de facto chief of staff.

    "At that point we were already saying by the summer either we'll all have gone from here or we'll be in the process of trying to get rid of him and get someone else in as Prime Minister."

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    CUMMINGS SAYS BORIS DISMISSED COVID AS AKIN TO A 'FAD' LIKE SWINE FLU

    Boris said Covid at first was like swine flu etc and he didn't take it seriously, Cummings has alleged.

     

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    CUMMINGS: THIS IS NOT REVENGE- WE NEED PEOPLE ASKING DIFFICULT QUESTIONS

    I'm speaking out because I want people asking questions – how are we being goverened?

    How are these power structures running, he says when asked about why he is speaking out.

    This is not revenge, says Mr Cummings, and "it doesn't matter if it's difficult".

    "We need people to be asking these difficult questions and to be asking for accountability," he adds.

    "You don't see my crying when people say bad things about me, do you?"

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    CUMMINGS: I HATE THAT THESE 'CHARACTERS' DOMINATE PARTY POLITICS

    He thought he was a guy who made a lot of jokes.

    I find it horrible that these kind of characters dominate party politics.

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    CUMMINGS: BORIS KNEW IT WAS 'LUDICROUS' FOR HIM TO BE PRIME MINISTER

    Cummingss calls the PM a complicated character.

    He's unusual for a politician in having an odd self awareness mode.

    He know's its ludicrous to be Prime Minister.

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    DOMINIC CUMMINGS INTERVIEW AIRING NOW

    The BBC is airing an exclusive interview with Dominic Cummings.

    Follow our blog right here for latest news.

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    DOMINIC CUMMINGS INTERVIEW TO AIR AT 7PM ON BBC2

    The former top No10 aide will make more bombshell claims during his first TV interview since leaving Downing Street, which airs this evening at 7pm on BBC2.]

    You can follow the updates in real time, right here, on our live blog.

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    GRAPHIC: COVID-19 VACCINATIONS IN THE UK

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    BORIS JOHNSON ‘WANTED TO VISIT THE QUEEN AT THE START OF COVID PANDEMIC AND HAD TO BE STOPPED’, DOMINIC CUMMINGS CLAIMS

    Boris Johnson ‘wanted to visit the Queen at the start of Covid pandemic and had to be stopped’, Dominic Cummings claims

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    NO DECISION ON VACCINE PASSPORTS FOR SCOTS, NICOLA STURGEON SAYS

    No decisions have been made on whether vaccine passports will be used in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

    The First Minister insisted any proposal for people to prove they have been vaccinated against coronavirus in order to gain entry into specific venues “need to be really carefully considered”.

    It follows an announcement from Prime Minister Boris Johnson that vaccine passports will be required for entry to nightclubs in England from September.

    Asked whether she was considering following the UK Government’s lead, Ms Sturgeon stressed that the Scottish Government has not yet decided whether to adopt the policy north of the border.

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    COVID-19 NEWS ROUND-UP: THE LATEST

    • More than 1 million children were out of school last week as Covid cases surge
    • Furious tourists hit with inflated Covid test prices as amber list holiday destinations reopen
    • Brits may need vaccine passports to go to the pub and football from September
    • Fifty kids a week in hospital with Covid as experts warn restrictions jabs is 'gamble'
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      WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL WAS INFECTED WITH COVID-19, HAS MILD SYMPTOMS

      A fully vaccinated White House official tested positive for Covid-19 off site and has mild symptoms but was not found to have had close contacts with White House principals or staff, a White House official said on Tuesday.

      The official remains off White House grounds pending additional testing for confirmation, the official said.

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      UK SEES HIGHEST DAILY COVID-19 DEATH TOLL

      THE UK has had its highest coronavirus death toll since March 24.

      96 people died in Britain from Covid-19 bringing the total to 128,823.

      There has been a 60% surge in the number of deaths since last week.

      Daily cases increased again today with 46,558 testing positive for the virus.

      Yesterday, 39,950 infections were recorded as all legal Covid restrictions came to an end on 'Freedom Day'. Cases were up 17 per cent on last week’s total of 33,918 – and well above the 26,829 infections reported a fortnight ago on July 5.

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      GRAPHIC: UK COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS PER DAY

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      UK CONFIRMS 46,558 FURTHER COVID-19 CASES

      The Government has today confirmed a further 46,558 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases across the UK.

      A further 96 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Tuesday.

      It is the highest reported daily figure since March 24 and brings the UK total to 128,823.

      Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have been 154,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

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      'DISAPPOINTING'

      Fifty children and teens are being admitted to hospital with Covid a week as scientists say restricting vaccines is a “gamble”.

      Ministers were advised by an expert panel yesterday to only give Covid jabs to vulnerable children and those who will be 18 in three months time.

      It suggests The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) does not believe the vaccines have more benefit than risk to those under 18 years old, despite medicine regulators giving the green light for those over the age of 12.

      Prof Anthony Harnden, Deputy Chair of the JCVI, said because kids tend to get mild Covid, "the health benefits of vaccinating them are small”.

      While some agreed with the decision, there was resounding disappointment among scientists who picked out a number of faults from the guidance.

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      WHAT TIME IS THE DOMINIC CUMMINGS INTERVIEW ON TONIGHT?

      The hour-long ‘Dominic Cummings: The Interview’ will be broadcast on BBC Two tonight, Tuesday July 20, at 7pm.

      Cummings, 49, was widely blasted by the public and political opponents for taking a car journey with his family during the coronavirus lockdown last year.

      Since leaving as the chief political aide to Number 10 he has undertaken a broadside against the Prime Minister over the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

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      NO DECISION ON VACCINE PASSPORTS FOR SCOTS, NICOLA STURGEON SAYS

      No decisions have been made on whether vaccine passports will be used in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

      The First Minister insisted any proposal for people to prove they have been vaccinated against coronavirus in order to gain entry into specific venues “need to be really carefully considered”.

      It follows an announcement from Prime Minister Boris Johnson that vaccine passports will be required for entry to nightclubs in England from September.

      Asked whether she was considering following the UK Government’s lead, Ms Sturgeon stressed that the Scottish Government has not yet decided whether to adopt the policy north of the border.

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      WATCH: BORIS JOHNSON ‘WANTED TO VISIT THE QUEEN AT THE START OF COVID PANDEMIC', DOMINIC CUMMINGS CLAIMS

      Boris Johnson ‘wanted to visit the Queen at the start of Covid pandemic and had to be stopped’, Dominic Cummings claims

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      LAST WISH

      A dying man's last words were regret at not being vaccinated after being hit with Covid.

      Glenn Barrett, 51, died in Grimsby last week after battling the virus for three weeks.

      His family think the volunteer carer caught the killer bug while watching England play Croatia in the Euro 2020.

      He had been with a group watching the match at the Old Clee Club, before around seven people tested positive.

      Glenn and another man in his 20s tragically ended up in hospital. The venue closed and underwent a deep clean before re-opening.

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      GROUNDED

      The US State Department placed the UK at its highest warning level for travelers in a new advisory, while Canada is set to open its borders to vaccinated Americans next month.

      The announcement came Monday after Covid cases in the UK surged by 52 per cent week-to-week, even as the number of deaths fell slightly.

      It reads: "Do not travel to the United Kingdom due to Covid-19. Exercise increased caution due to terrorism.

      "Your risk of contracting Covid-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine.

      "Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers."

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