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Dominic Cummings: ‘There are images of Boris Johnson at events beneath police investigation’

Dominic Cummings has claimed there are photos of Boris Johnson at alleged rule-breaking which are being investigated by police.

The former chief adviser to the Prime Minister says he spoke to people who were at No 10 on November 13, 2020 when an alleged gathering was taking place at Johnson’s Downing Street flat.

He further claimed that witnesses said Abba could be heard in the apartment above the press office.

In a question-and-answer session on his paid blog, Cummings was asked if there were any photos that “incriminated” the Prime Minister.

He said: “Yes, there are photos of the PM at parties investigated. I’ve spoken to people who say they’ve seen photos of parties at the apartment.”

The former aide added: “I’ve spoken to people who died on 11/13. were at #10 and who heard the party at #10 after I left – the press office is below the apartment.

“If cops talk to people there that night there will be witnesses[sic]who will say ‘we could all hear a party with Abba games’.”

Officials are investigating 12 separate gatherings at No 10 and Whitehall in 2020 and 2021 – including three that Johnson is known to have attended and the one at the Prime Minister’s home in Downing Street – to find out whether the laws on the Coronavirus lockdown breached.

He accused the Prime Minister of “lying” and added: “This could explode fatally for him if he lies to the cops but he won’t be able to help himself other than to say I don’t remember what his default attitude is when he senses danger.”

Cummings: “I’ve spoken to people who say they’ve seen photos of parties in the flat”

— John Stevens (@johnestevens) February 1, 2022

He says people told him Abba died on 11/13. played in apartment no. 10.

“There will be witnesses who will say, ‘We could all hear a party with Abba games’.”

Cummings predicts Boris will ‘keep lying’ and return to his standard ‘I don’t remember’ in lines to the police

— Natasha Clark (@NatashaC) February 1, 2022

Cummings also said there was “no excuse for self-deception” in the Tory party about Johnson, adding “at this point the blame lies mainly with Tory MPs”.

He said: “He’s obviously totally unfit for the job and every day he leaves their moral authority drops another notch.”

But he added, “There’s a lot of guilt that goes beyond that, including the folks in No. 10 who have also shown a clear lack of moral courage…”

The Ask Me Anything (AMA) event took place as the aftermath of the Partygate scandal showed no signs of calming down.

Downing Street said Johnson will disclose whether he has been fined for breaking coronavirus rules, although the identities of people who have been issued a firm penalty order are not usually released by police.

Meanwhile, Peter Aldous, the youngest Tory MP, publicly called on Johnson to step down “in the best interests of the country, the Government and the Conservative Party”.

He said he believed the Prime Minister had no intention of leaving voluntarily and had therefore tabled a letter from the 1922 Chairman of the Backbench Committee, Sir Graham Brady, asking for a vote of no confidence.

The Met is examining hundreds of documents and photos relating to the 12 events in 2020 and 2021 that took place while England was under coronavirus restrictions.

The evidence was forwarded to police by the investigative team led by senior official Sue Gray, whose interim report on Monday highlighted “faults in leadership and judgment” at the heart of the government but didn’t point the finger at individuals.

Their conclusions were limited after the Metropolitan Police asked that it only provide limited leads on the events being investigated, leaving it to Scotland Yard to decide whether any laws were broken.

In his AMA, Cummings said the chances of Secretary of State Liz Truss becoming a Tory leader were “probably overestimated”.

He said the fact that “MPs are heavily influenced by polls” would “obviously benefit” (Rishi) Sunak in any future leadership race and said Sunak’s pro-Brexit stance would also help him.

Cummings said Truss is “little known” and has said “a lot of things that won’t be popular with members when/when they hear it.” If she makes the last 2, the combination of her support for Remain and her record will cause her major problems. Your chances are probably overestimated,” he said.

He said he thinks Secretary Michael Gove’s boost will ‘probably’ be up and running again, while speaking of Tory MP Tom Tugendhat: ‘He’s never been in Cabinet and it’s hard to imagine Tory MPs asking anyone directly promote to the top who has not been in the cabinet.”

He said: “RS is obviously the frontrunner because it’s way up in the polls and unlike Truss/Hunt/TT was pro-Brexit.

“His team designed and implemented holidays under very difficult circumstances and it was one of the most popular things a politician has done in a very long time. That will be a great strength when the competition comes.”

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