Dominic Cummings has claimed Rishi Sunak is in possession of damaging material that could prevent Boris Johnson from making a comeback. In a blog post, written in response to a 52-defence dossier published by the former Prime Minister earlier today, Mr Cummings said Mr Sunak has a “vast trove of material” which could be used to “smash” Mr Johnson’s reputation. The former adviser to Mr Johnson claimed the Cabinet Office has more material which is yet to be published.

He said it would be “much easier to keep [Mr Johnson] out than it was to get him out”.

Mr Cummings often uses the nickname “The Trolley” to refer to Boris Johnson.

He explained: “Unless Sunak gets fed up and walks away, he can use the vast trove of material in PET (the part of the Cabinet Office that deals with scandals) to smash the Trolley up.

“Much remains unpublished. And remember that unless Lord Geidt didn’t even bother investigating all sorts (he didn’t interview key people who actually knew what was going on).

“So if Sunak’s team is crashing, there’ll be people in No10 who’ll think ‘we may be doomed but we’ll finish the trolley off.’ And spads who’d relish it will be helped by officials who don’t want the trolley smashing around again as they prepare for Starmer.

“So although a lot of hacks like writing stories about his return, I strongly suspect his blunders and scandals have finally been too big for him to recover from.

“It’ll be much easier to keep him out than it was to get him out. He only got in in the first place because the entire system had paralysed itself and Tory MPs thought they were headed for Corbyn as PM by Christmas 2019 an the end of the Tory Party.”

In a detailed defence dossier this morning, Mr Johnson denied “intentionally or recklessly” misleading MPs over partygate.

The former Prime Minister said in his written evidence to the Privileges Committee inquiry – published today – that he acted “in good faith” based on what he “honestly” knew at the time.

His evidence was released ahead of a four-hour grilling tomorrow by the cross-party group of MPs who could decide his political fate.

Mr Johnson insisted there is “no evidence at all that supports an allegation that I intentionally or recklessly misled the House”.

He said: “So I accept that the House of Commons was misled by my statements that the Rules and Guidance had been followed completely at No 10.

“But when the statements were made, they were made in good faith and on the basis of what I honestly knew and believed at the time.”

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