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Dominic Cummings has accused Boris Johnson of encouraging attacks on young civil servants over the ‘partygate’ scandal to protect himself and his wife, Carrie.

The former senior aide to the prime minister said senior officials had “turned a blind eye” to his behavior. He referenced a briefing against a No. 10 private secretary, Hannah Young. It emerged that his severance party on June 18 led to the first fines announced this week.

Reports after some of the parties involving officials included a staff member smashing a swing set in the garden belonging to the Johnsons’ son Wilfred, a suitcase of liquor purchased from a nearby co-op, and a staff member acting as a DJ.

A total of 20 notices of fixed fines were issued against staff members who breached confinement rules. Johnson had previously told Parliament when the allegations first came to light in November 2021 that “all guidelines were followed completely in No 10”.

In his latest blog, with an excerpt posted to Twitter, Cummings said: ‘It is deeply, deeply despicable that not only the Prime Minister but senior officials have allowed such people to have their reputations attacked in order to protect the narcissistic sociopath squatting in flat No. 10.

“Not just ‘allowed’ – everyone at the center of events also knows that the Prime Minister encouraged the media attacks on junior officials in order to divert the lobby’s attention from him and Carrie breaking the law. Some very high officials turned a blind eye.

Carrie is said to have hosted parties at their Downing Street flat, while Boris hosted a surprise birthday party in 2020 which was attended by up to 30 staff, along with the couple’s interior designer Lulu Lytle.

Young “did a truly phenomenal job” and “made us all safer” during Covid and while coordinating a response to a terrorist incident, Cummings said.

Downing Street officials began receiving emails saying they were being fined £50 for attending parties on Friday, days after the Metropolitan Police confirmed they were handing out the notices.

Detectives are investigating 12 occurrences in 2020 and 2021, six of which are believed to have been at Johnson. The Met said it received more than 300 photographs and 500 pages of documents after a Whitehall investigation by senior civil servant Sue Gray.

In an appearance before a parliamentary select committee and in statements by his spokesperson after the fines this week, Johnson refused to accept that the law had been broken.

In response to a question from Scottish National Party MP Pete Wishart during his House of Commons Liaison Committee session, Johnson said: ‘I have been, I hope, very candid with the House on the points where I think we were wrong and the things I regret. , and I apologize, but an investigation is ongoing.

“I understand what you mean, but…I’ve made it very clear I won’t be giving routine comment on an ongoing investigation.”

Cummings also criticized fines imposed on junior officials compared to Johnson’s principal private secretary, Martin Reynolds, despite hosting and attending a party in the cabinet secretary’s office. “Over the past few days, many junior civil servants were fined for attending an event organized by the Prime Minister’s PPS.

“The PPS…was responsible for ensuring that the events of No 10 complied not only with the rules, but with basic ethical standards.”

Number 10 has been approached for comment.

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