Is Michael Gove in league with Dominic Cummings? Tories worry vengeful ex-aide and senior minister are ‘working collectively on coup to drive out Boris Johnson’
- Dominic Cummings will give proof to MPs tomorrow on Covid-19 response
- Some Tory MPs worry Mr Cummings is plotting a sensational political comeback
- They imagine Mr Cummings and Michael Gove may very well be plotting to oust the PM
Some Conservative backbenchers imagine Mr Cummings may make a political comeback on the coronary heart of a future Gove premiership – ought to the Minister for the Cupboard Workplace ever safe the keys to Downing Road.
The claims, dismissed as ‘absurd conspiracy theories’ by pals of Mr Gove, got here as Mr Cummings prepares to offer bombshell proof to MPs tomorrow on the Authorities’s coronavirus response.
Quantity 10 is braced for a harmful onslaught, with the PM’s ex-aide having already slammed the Authorities in a prolonged Twitter thread full of assorted accusations.
Downing Road had stored its powder dry within the days main as much as Mr Cummings’ look in entrance of a joint session of the well being and science choose committees.
However sources have now accused Mr Cummings of being a ‘rank hypocrite’ who’s making an attempt to ‘rewrite historical past’.
Tory MPs worry Dominic Cummings and Michael Gove are working collectively to attempt to oust Boris Johnson from Quantity 10, it was claimed right now
Quantity 10 is braced for a harmful onslaught when Mr Cummings provides proof to MPs tomorrow on the Authorities’s coronavirus response. Boris Johnson’s former high aide has already slammed the Authorities in a prolonged Twitter thread full of assorted accusations
The Telegraph reported that Mr Gove is not going to be criticised by Mr Cummings throughout his proof.
Some Tory MPs imagine the Vote Go away architect is planning a return to Whitehall in a Gove premiership.
Some Conservative backbenchers worry the pair are conspiring to attempt to oust Mr Johnson, the newspaper stated.
One former Cupboard minister stated: ‘Gove is completely on manoeuvres. The person manoeuvres greater than Napoleon did.’
The previous minister stated Mr Gove is a ‘shapeshifter’ and ‘every thing is only a efficiency as a result of he retains making an attempt to reinvent himself’.
One Whitehall supply stated they have been ‘certain the 2 of them have spoken’ since Mr Cummings left Quantity 10 in November final yr.
‘Each suppose precisely the identical means, and have recognized one another for thus lengthy – since Cummings labored for Gove on the Division for Schooling – that Cummings is aware of what Gove’s place is on anybody subject,’ they stated.
The supply recommended that ‘Dom bulldozes a path after which Michael follows in his ministerial automotive’.
However pals of Mr Gove rubbished the claims as ‘absurd conspiracy theories’.
‘Michael is targeted on the job the PM has requested him to do – co-ordinating the cross authorities response to the pandemic, tackling backlogs in our public providers and strengthening the Union,’ one buddy stated.
One other ally stated Mr Gove is ‘not in contact’ with Mr Cummings they usually haven’t spoken ‘for months’.
Mr Gove has run for the Tory management twice earlier than, together with when he torpedoed Mr Johnson’s run in 2016. Allies insist he’s content material in his present position.
Mr Cummings has set the stage for an explosive look in entrance of MPs tomorrow by claiming the Authorities’s ‘Plan A’ within the early months of the pandemic was to pursue a technique of ‘herd immunity’.
Mr Cummings stated the preliminary response to the disaster was ‘whole and utter chaos’ and the unique plan was solely ditched after Quantity 10 was warned it could result in a ‘disaster’.
Downing Road has vehemently denied that ‘herd immunity’ was ever its technique.
A Authorities supply right now accused Mr Cummings of ‘revisionism’, telling The Occasions: ‘He is going spherical saying ”if solely competent folks have been in cost”.
‘This was a man with unrivalled authority. You’ll be able to both be an omnipotent particular adviser or a busted flush with no powers and affect. You’ll be able to’t be each. He is a rank hypocrite.’