Cupboard Secretary Simon Case admits leak inquiry ‘most definitely’ WON’T in finding wrongdoer


The Cupboard Secretary lately admitted an inquiry into the ‘chatty rat’ lockdown most definitely is not going to discover a wrongdoer as he gave proof to MPs.

Giving proof to an impressive committee, Simon Case stated the probe into who published plans for renewed restrictions final week used to be ‘advanced’.

However Mr Case didn’t again up Dominic Cummings’s claims that he have been cleared over involvement within the leak, which resulted in revelations within the Mail that Mr Johnson used to be poised to reserve a 2d nationwide lockdown in October. 

The emergence of the main points pressured Mr Johnson to deliver ahead a press release {that a} four-week closure would occur in November. 

Mr Case stated he was hoping the conclusions of the inquiry – which has been happening for months – may well be given in ‘weeks moderately than months’. However he wired that the wrongdoer had no longer but discovered. 

‘Given the time that has now previous I believe it’s possible that the staff is not going to effectively determine the supply or assets. However paintings is ongoing,’ he advised the Public Management and Constitutional Affairs Committee.

The intervention got here as Boris Johnson defied mounting proof to disclaim allegations he stated he would moderately see ‘our bodies piling up’ than lock the rustic down once more. 

The PM stated ‘no’ when challenged over whether or not he made the commentary in a are compatible of pique after agreeing the second one spherical of brutal coronavirus restrictions final 12 months. 

Aides are stated to have overhead him shouting the phrases ‘in a rage’ in his find out about.

However requested on a consult with to Wales this afternoon whether or not he had ever made this type of remark, the premier answered: ‘No.’ 

A obviously pissed off Mr Johnson briefly attempted to switch the topic: ‘The necessary factor that folks need us to get directly to do as a central authority is make certain that the lockdowns paintings, and they’ve.

‘And I in reality pay tribute to the folks of this nation that experience in reality pulled in combination and, running with the vaccination programme, now we have were given the illness underneath regulate.’

The claims emerged within the Day by day Mail amid an increasingly more harmful fight with Dominic Cummings, Mr Johnson’s former leader aide – despite the fact that the identification of the supply used to be no longer disclosed. 

ITV’s Robert Peston stated two different ‘ear-witnesses’ – who say they didn’t transient the unique tale – had showed to him that Mr Johnson made the commentary. 

The doorways of Mr Johnson’s find out about had been allegedly open and supposedly a variety of other people had been inside of vary. 

Tories are alarmed that the spate of briefings may just imply ‘mutually confident destruction’ and hurt the celebration at a very powerful elections subsequent week. Allies of Mr Cummings have upped the threats by means of indicating he has tapes of key conversations from his time in govt. 

A ballot lately discovered Tory fortify has slipped 5 issues over the last month – dramatically narrowing the lead over Labour. 

The federal government is now underneath large power on a sequence of fronts. Mr Johnson has rejected accusations he attempted to get Tory donors secretly to pay for redecorating his Downing Boulevard flat.

There have additionally been a slew of unfavorable tales surfacing about contacts between ministers and David Cameron, who used to be lobbying on behalf of Greensill.   

Giving evidence to a powerful committee, Simon Case said the probe into who revealed plans for renewed restrictions last week was 'complex'

Giving proof to an impressive committee, Simon Case stated the probe into who published plans for renewed restrictions final week used to be ‘advanced’

Boris Johnson is embroiled in an increasingly damaging briefing war with former aide Dominic Cummings (pictrued together in September 2019)

Boris Johnson is embroiled in an increasingly more harmful briefing conflict with former aide Dominic Cummings (pictrued in combination in September 2019) 

Mr Johnson visited a warehouse in Wrexham today as the election campaigning continues

Mr Johnson visited a warehouse in Wrexham lately because the election campaigning continues

Carrie Symonds

Simon Case

Mr Cummings has accused Mr Johnson of in the hunt for to dam a leak investigation after studying {that a} shut good friend of his fiancee, Carrie Symonds (left), have been implicated, a declare the High Minister denied. Cupboard Secretary Simon Case (proper) is showing prior to an impressive committee this afternoon

A poll today found Tory support has slipped five points over the past month - dramatically narrowing the lead over Labour

A ballot lately discovered Tory fortify has slipped 5 issues over the last month – dramatically narrowing the lead over Labour

The verdict on the second one lockdown final autumn used to be leaked and is the topic of a long-running inquiry to search out the so-called ‘chatty rat’ who tipped off the clicking.

Showing prior to an impressive committee this afternoon, Cupboard Secretary Simon Case is predicted to signify he has no longer cleared Mr Johnson’s former adviser Dominic Cummings over that leak, regardless of the ex-aide’s claims on the contrary.

The civil carrier leader could also be set to be grilled by means of the Commons Public Management and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) concerning the lobbying furore.

Mr Cummings has accused Mr Johnson of in the hunt for to dam the investigation after studying {that a} shut good friend of his fiancee, Carrie Symonds, have been implicated, a declare the High Minister denied.

In an incendiary weblog publish, Mr Cummings went on to mention that Mr Case had advised Mr Johnson that neither he nor the then No 10 director of communications, Lee Cain, used to be the wrongdoer.

Alternatively officers aware of the investigation stated that it had neither ‘landed’ on anybody person nor exonerated any individual.

Each Mr Cummings and Mr Cain left Downing Boulevard prior to Christmas after an unusual energy battle with allies of Ms Symonds. 

The disclosure is prone to additional anger Mr Cummings, who launched his onslaught after he used to be accused by means of No 10 of a sequence of harmful leaks, together with textual content message exchanges between Mr Johnson and the entrepreneur Sir James Dyson.

Ministers at the moment are involved at what he would possibly say when he provides proof to MPs investigating the Executive’s reaction to the pandemic subsequent month.

Mr Cummings is widely recognized to had been crucial of Mr Johnson’s extend in launching a 2d lockdown in England when circumstances started emerging final autumn, and there may be hypothesis he’s going to search guilty him for the prime dying toll.

In a spherical of interviews this morning, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace advised Sky Information: ‘We’re entering this kind of comedy bankruptcy now of those gossip tales – unnamed assets, by means of unnamed advisers speaking about unnamed occasions.

‘None of that is severe. The High Minister has been totally excited by turning in, along Cupboard colleagues, the reaction to Covid.’

Well being minister Nadine Dorries stated it used to be ‘mendacious, vexatious, co-ordinated gossip’ geared toward destabilising the Tory marketing campaign forward of the Would possibly 6 elections.

In the meantime Labour will center of attention on any other of Mr Cummings’ allegations because it makes an attempt to power ministers to give an explanation for how Boris Johnson paid for the lavish refurbishment of his respectable Downing Boulevard flat.

The opposition will ask Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle to grant an pressing query requiring a minister to return to the Space to reply to the price that Mr Johnson plotted for Tory donors to secretly fund the paintings.

On a visit to Wales today, Boris Johnson denied claims he made a remark about 'bodies piling up' in a fit of pique after agreeing the second round of brutal coronavirus restrictions last year

On a consult with to Wales lately, Boris Johnson denied claims he made a commentary about ‘our bodies piling up’ in a are compatible of pique after agreeing the second one spherical of brutal coronavirus restrictions final 12 months

It allegedly came after Michael Gove (pictured) warned Mr Johnson that soldiers would be needed to guard hospitals overrun with Covid victims

It allegedly got here after Michael Gove (pictured) warned Mr Johnson that infantrymen can be had to guard hospitals overrun with Covid sufferers

In a round of interviews this morning, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace dismissed the briefings as a 'comedy chapter of gossip stories'

In a spherical of interviews this morning, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace pushed aside the briefings as a ‘comedy bankruptcy of gossip tales’

An Ipsos MORI ballot for the Night Same old lately discovered that the Tories have slumped 5 issues over the last month on Westminster vote casting aim.

The survey, carried out between April 16 and 22, put the celebration on 40 according to cent, simply 3 issues forward of Labour.   

One former minister advised MailOnline of the most recent leaks: ‘This wishes to forestall as a result of it’s harmful all sides. 

‘Cummings would possibly suppose that now that he’s now not in govt he has much less to lose, however he must remember the fact that he spent numerous time in senior positions, and doubtless there might be issues that he’s going to no longer need to leaked out.

‘He would possibly really feel that he has not anything to lose, however he’s flawed.’

‘It is usually time for Carrie Symonds to backpedal, as a result of it’s transparent in all of this that her identify comes up frequently within the problems which can be inflicting the PM problem – if it is appointments, group of workers, or having the flat redecorated.’ 

Alternatively, any other bullish Conservative MP stated that they had slightly won any correspondence, and the civil conflict used to be no longer arising at the doorstep. 

The remark by means of Mr Johnson allegedly got here after Michael Gove warned Mr Johnson that infantrymen can be had to guard hospitals overrun with Covid sufferers. 

He agreed to recent restrictions however his frustration is claimed to have boiled over after the a very powerful assembly at No 10 in October. ‘Not more ****ing lockdowns – let the our bodies pile prime of their 1000’s!’ he’s imagined to have raged. 

Cummings ‘has key No 10 tapes’ 

Dominic Cummings kept audio recordings of key conversations in government, an ally claimed last night

Dominic Cummings stored audio recordings of key conversations in govt, an best friend claimed final evening

Dominic Cummings stored audio recordings of key conversations in govt, an best friend claimed final evening.

The previous leader adviser is locked in an explosive disagreement with Boris Johnson after Downing Boulevard accused him of a string of harmful leaks.

No 10 tried to garbage his claims on Friday evening, announcing it used to be no longer true that the High Minister had mentioned finishing a leak inquiry after a chum of his fiancée Carrie Symonds used to be recognized because the most likely suspect.

However an best friend of Mr Cummings stated the PM’s former leader adviser had taken a treasure trove of subject material with him when he left Downing Boulevard final 12 months, together with audio recordings of discussions with senior ministers and officers.

‘Dom has stuff on tape,’ the best friend stated. ‘They’re mad to select a combat with him as a result of he’s going to have the ability to again up numerous his claims.

‘He used to inform advisers to document issues at all times – discussions with officers. He has additionally stored numerous his correspondence.’

A Whitehall supply the day prior to this stated officers didn’t know the overall extent of the fabric Mr Cummings has. 

He has denied leaking and has already advised MPs that facets of the Executive’s option to Covid went ‘catastrophically flawed’.

Ministers and Cupboard Secretary face grilling over claims PM attempted to get Tory donors to fund lavish makeover of Downing Boulevard flat

Ministers and the Cupboard Secretary face a grilling lately over claims Boris Johnson attempted to get Tory donors to fund a £60,000 Downing Boulevard flat renovation.

Cupboard Secretary Simon Case will seem prior to MPs following a string of explosive allegations made by means of Dominic Cummings

Cupboard Place of job minister Michael Gove could also be set to reply to an pressing query within the Commons as Labour seeks to capitalise at the meltdown.  

Mr Cummings has accused the PM of in need of donors to ‘secretly pay for the renovation’ of his respectable place of abode, in a transfer the previous No10 aide branded ‘unethical, silly, in all probability unlawful’.

Downing Boulevard insists the premier funded the paintings himself after all, and all ministerial and electoral regulations had been adopted.

Requested concerning the row all the way through interviews this morning, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace stated Mr Johnson had paid ‘out of his personal pocket’ for the Downing Boulevard improve.

Mr Wallace advised BBC Radio 4’s Nowadays programme: ‘Do I believe the High Minister is sleazy? No, I do not.

Britain's top civil servant will be quizzed over the lavish refurbishment of Boris Johnson’s Downing Street flat today amid claims that the Prime Minister has had to take out a personal loan to pay for it

Britain’s most sensible civil servant might be quizzed over the lavish refurbishment of Boris Johnson’s Downing Boulevard flat lately amid claims that the High Minister has needed to take out a non-public mortgage to pay for it

‘Do I believe the High Minister is a completely first class chief who has led this nation in a virus?

‘Let’s no longer omit, whilst we’re entering Oscar-type gossip columns – there may be an terrible lot of gossip going round.

‘He paid out of his personal cash to refurbish the flat. He paid for his flat.’

Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle has granted an pressing query laid by means of Labour, with Mr Gove understood to be making plans to reply.

Showing prior to the Public Management and Constitutional Affairs Committee, Mr Case is predicted to disclaim claims that he cleared Mr Cummings over involvement within the ‘chatty rat’ leak final autumn concerning the imminent 2d lockdown.

A central authority supply stated final evening the inquiry, carried out with the help of MI5, used to be ongoing, including: ‘It has neither discovered any individual accountable, nor dominated any individual out.’ 

However Mr Case could also be anticipated to stand detailed questions concerning the refurbishment of the flat above Quantity 11 Downing Boulevard utilized by Mr Johnson and his fiancée Carrie Symonds.

Including to the talk, one senior Tory advised the Mail final evening: ‘Boris needed to take out a non-public mortgage to hide the fee. It’s important to be lovely rich to have £60,000 mendacity round. He has simply emerged from a dear divorce.’

One former minister advised MailOnline of the most recent claims: ‘This wishes to forestall as a result of it’s harmful all sides. 

‘Cummings would possibly suppose that now that he’s now not in govt he has much less to lose, however he must remember the fact that he spent numerous time in senior positions, and doubtless there might be issues that he’s going to no longer need to leaked out.

‘He would possibly really feel that he has not anything to lose, however he’s flawed.’

‘It is usually time for Carrie Symonds to backpedal, as a result of it’s transparent in all of this that her identify comes up frequently within the problems which can be inflicting the PM problem – if it is appointments, group of workers, or having the flat redecorated.’  

The Electoral Fee has stated it’s nonetheless in the hunt for solutions from Tory chiefs about whether or not celebration finances or donations had been used.

Labour has written to the fee calling for a complete investigation. 

Sir Keir stated: ‘Like everyone studying that, I used to be astonished to look the ones phrases.

‘It is for the top minister, I believe now, to make a public remark about that. If he did say the ones issues, he is were given to give an explanation for it. 

‘If he did not, cross at the document and publicly give an explanation for what used to be stated and what wasn’t stated as a result of I believe everyone might be deeply involved, no longer least all the ones households that experience misplaced any individual all the way through this pandemic.’

On Friday, Mr Cummings stated Mr Johnson sought after ‘donors to secretly pay for the renovation’ – which he stated used to be ‘unethical, silly, in all probability unlawful and nearly no doubt broke the principles’.

The Mail had published that Mr Johnson requested Tory donors to lend a hand with the price of the makeover which is claimed to run to 6 figures. 

On Friday, the Cupboard Place of job stated the price of ‘portray, sanding and floorboards’ have been paid from a £30,000 repairs allowance, however ‘any prices of wider refurbishment had been met by means of the High Minister in my opinion’. 

Lonely shedding fight of PM who’d resisted the clamour for lockdowns: Sure, his outburst used to be stunning. However libertarian Boris knew it wasn’t simply Covid lives at stake, writes ANDREW PIERCE

As No10 officers and senior ministers joined Boris Johnson within the Cupboard Room the temper used to be bleak. For weeks the High Minister have been rejecting calls to impose a 2d lockdown, no longer simply from Cupboard colleagues but additionally from the scientists.

However, with the selection of Covid infections and deaths on an obstinately upward curve, the power to take decisive motion used to be turning into impossible to resist.

Amassed within the room along Boris on Friday, October 30, final 12 months had been Michael Gove, the Cupboard Place of job minister, Matt Hancock, the Well being Secretary, and Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor: the so-called Quad directing the combat in opposition to Covid. Dominic Cummings, then Johnson’s leader adviser, used to be additionally provide.

Sir Patrick Vallance, the manager medical officer, and Professor Chris Whitty, the manager clinical officer, got the ground and so they proceeded to rehearse their well-worn arguments for general lockdown in England.

However the High Minister used to be nonetheless in no temper to acquiesce. ‘I will be able to by no means have the ability to promote it to the Tory Celebration,’ he stated.

It used to be at this level that Gove jumped in to make a brief however passionate speech. ‘If we do not do that now we can have to enter a miles more difficult lockdown in 3 or 4 weeks,’ he argued. He then conjured up a dystopian symbol of what the streets would appear to be if quick motion wasn’t taken.

‘We will be able to be pressured to position the Military at the doorways of hospitals to show the ill away because the NHS might be beaten. We will be able to no longer be forgiven and the Tories might be pushed from energy.’

It is advisable to have heard a pin drop within the Cupboard Room. Sunak, who had historically been very hawkish about lockdowns as a result of their devastating affect at the economic system, sided with Gove. Hancock, who had at all times been in favour of extra draconian restrictions, made it 3 to 1 in opposition to the PM.

Drained and irritable, his hair much more saggy than same old, Boris seemed totally deflated.

Most effective ten days previous he had advised the Commons that the theory of any other lockdown used to be ‘the peak of absurdity’. It might ‘flip the lighting fixtures out’.

If he ordered a U-turn, he knew his political combatants – particularly at the Tory benches – would have a box day.

Cummings, who has at all times held Tory MPs in general contempt, suggested him to forget about the carping and do the appropriate factor. After 5 weeks of trench war in Downing Boulevard, Boris reluctantly agreed.

It used to be in a while after this assembly that he allegedly uttered the words that experience became out to be such hostages to fortune: ‘not more ****ing lockdowns’ irrespective of the ‘our bodies’.

Boris – who as soon as stated the true hero of the movie Jaws used to be the mayor of Amity who stored the seashores open regardless of the presence of a killer shark – used to be devastated that he had misplaced the fight.

‘He stated he hadn’t long past into Downing Boulevard to close down the economic system,’ stated the supply, ‘however he used to be in a minority of 1.’

The tough fact is that – regardless of his rhetoric – Boris have been combating a lonely shedding fight for a while.

Most effective six weeks previous, in an try to placate his Tory critics, he had advised the Commons {that a} 2d nationwide lockdown would have ‘disastrous’ monetary penalties for the rustic and that the Executive would do ‘the whole lot in our energy to forestall it’.

But simply 3 days after that speech the lockdown moved nearer when the Executive introduced that individuals who didn’t reside in the similar family, or who weren’t in a fortify bubble, may just no longer collect in teams of greater than six.

Boris agreed the guideline of six as a compromise. His scientists had put him underneath power to head even additional. And that power didn’t let up. Inside 48 hours, the Quad used to be suggested by means of Sage – the committee of scientists that prompt the Executive – to urgently introduce a two-week ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown to scale back the unfold of coronavirus.

It warned the United Kingdom confronted a ‘very massive epidemic with catastrophic penalties’ on its present route. The seven-day moderate of day by day circumstances stood at 4,964; there have been 1,502 Covid sufferers in health facility; and day by day deaths stood at 28.

The Sage crew proposed the circuit-breaker – a brief length of lockdown to force new infections down – to go off a 2d wave of the virus that ‘would fall disproportionately at the frailest in our society, [people on] decrease earning and BAME communities’.

Within the Quad assembly the scientists had Cummings safely onside however even Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor who have been an implacable opponent of causing any further hurt at the economic system, used to be coming spherical to the theory of extra restrictions.

‘Ever the pragmatist, he did not need to be lumbered with any political injury if Covid soared and he used to be observed to have argued for placing jobs prior to lives,’ stated one insider.

However Boris, true to his libertarian instincts, used to be adverse to all over again shutting buying groceries department shops, pubs and eating places.

The supply added: ‘He warned of the massive affect it could have at the economic system, at the psychological well being of other people, and reminded everybody implementing lockdowns comes with large prices.’ He additionally knew politically there can be bother amongst restive Tory MPs who had been increasingly more adverse to speak of extra restrictions. This is a tribute to Boris’s power of character and – it needs to be stated – the facility of his place of work that his view prevailed.

3 days later, in any other compromise with the scientists, the tier gadget used to be introduced in. This divided England into medium, prime and really prime zones.

At the same time as he introduced the brand new regulations Boris used to be transparent they’d cross no additional.

‘The social and financial trauma of a complete lockdown, shuttering our lives and our society… would do such injury to our economic system as to erode our long-term skill to fund the NHS and different a very powerful public products and services,’ he stated.

The very subsequent day the inside track that Boris had overruled the scientists the former month at the circuit-breaker used to be leaked to the media. The Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer, who had ordered his MPs to abstain in a Commons vote at the rule of six, noticed his alternative to attain political issues. He suggested the Executive to impose a circuit-breaker of between two and 3 weeks to forestall a ‘sleepwalk into… a bleak iciness’.

Whilst the Tories attacked Starmer’s opportunism, the general public sponsored him, with 54 according to cent surveyed by means of YouGov announcing they felt the Executive will have to have presented a countrywide lockdown in September, whilst simply 28 according to cent of the 4,222 adults polled disagreed.

In spite of the rising power, Boris used to be sticking to his weapons and at a press convention two days later stated the Executive ‘can not rule the rest out’, however expressed his need to steer clear of a countrywide lockdown as a result of ‘the harmful well being, financial and social results it could have’.

His stance received the backing of senior Tory MPs, together with Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs.

A couple of days later within the Commons, he uttered the word that might go back to hang-out him, when he condemned the theory of a 2d nationwide lockdown as ‘the peak of absurdity’ that might ‘flip the lighting fixtures out’.

So the scene used to be set for the PM to announce the largest U-turn of his premiership. He knew he now confronted a better political problem than the primary lockdown in March when a lot of the rustic used to be keen to present him the advantage of the doubt.

He have been advised months previous by means of the scientists {that a} 2d wave within the iciness can be extra fatal and that he will have to organize the general public’s expectancies. However he had not noted that recommendation.

‘Standard Boris, he sought after to be bullish and constructive, which is his nature. He could not face allotting a unfavorable message all 12 months spherical,’ says the supply.

‘He sought after to be certain. He concept other people had been already fed-up with out him including to it, so determined to check out to be upbeat.’

An admirable sentiment, and identical to the mayor in Jaws. However issues did not finish effectively for the electorate of Amity.



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