Boris Johnson made ‘deal’ with Dominic Cummings before becoming PM to reform Whitehall ‘disaster zone’


The former senior adviser, who left Downing Street last year after losing a power struggle at the heart of government, said the prime minister asked him to help “sort out the huge Brexit nightmare” during a private meeting in the summer of 2019.

Mr Cummings’ remarks came as he provided evidence to the Commons science and technology committee on the multi-million pound Advance Research & Invention Agency (Aria) — an independent body that he is regarded as the designer of.

The chair of the committee, Greg Clark, also revealed the former No 10 adviser and Vote Leave strategist had agreed to give evidence to MPs on the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic at a later date.

Pressed on whether he proposed the idea of Aria to the prime minister, Mr Cummings told MPs: “I would say it’s my idea. All I’m doing was suggesting what a lot of the best scientists in the world had been suggesting for decades actually.”


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