No 10 at war as PM is accused of only taking advice from Dominic Cummings and Carrie Symonds

Team Boris Johnson at war as the Prime Minister is accused of freezing out aides and only taking advice from Dominic Cummings and Carrie Symonds, who ‘f**** with his mind’

  • Elections guru Lynton Crosby among those who have been cut out of the loop
  • PM relying on Mr Cummings, who is behind his attack plan over Brexit
  • Johnson is also seeking more and more advice from Ms Symonds, a PR pro

Mr Johnson's (pictured in Manchester today) administration has suffered a series of setback in recent weeks

Mr Johnson’s (pictured in Manchester today) administration has suffered a series of setback in recent weeks

Boris Johnson has reportedly developed a bunker mentality in No 10 and frozen out  key aides in favour of his partner Carrie Symonds and his dark arts mastermind  Dominic Cummings.

Elections guru Lynton Crosby and long-standing supporter Will Walden are among those who have been cut out of the Prime Minister’s inner circle after rows, causing anger and concern.

Mr Cummings, 47, is believed to be behind Mr Johnson’s decision to adopt a hardline attack on his political opponents that included disastrously proroguing Parliament and branding the Benn Act which blocks a No Deal Brexit, the ‘surrender act’, sparking uproar. 

He is also seeking more and more advice from Ms Symonds, 31, a former communications director of the Conservative Party. 

‘Carrie f**** with his mind. She has him completely mesmerised,’ a source told the Sun.

He is also seeking more and more advice from Ms Symonds, 31, a former communications director of the Conservative Party who is with him at the annual conference in Manchester today (pictured)

He is also seeking more and more advice from Ms Symonds, 31, a former communications director of the Conservative Party who is with him at the annual conference in Manchester today (pictured)

Mr Cummings, 47, is believed to be behind Mr Johnson's decision to adopt a hardline attack on his political opponents that included disastrously proroguing Parliament

Mr Cummings, 47, is believed to be behind Mr Johnson’s decision to adopt a hardline attack on his political opponents that included disastrously proroguing Parliament

Another said: ‘The Cummings experiment has palpably failed, but Boris will not turn the ship.

‘He’s only listening to two voices now, Dominic and Carrie – and Dominic’s approach is proving a car crash. We’re getting really worried’.

Mr Cummings cut a low key figure at the Conservative party conference in Manchester last night, being spotted in a hotel bar with a friends, picking up a bottle of champagne before returning to his room.

Ms Symonds made a high-key entrance to the event on Sunday, arriving arm-in-arm with the Prime Minister.

Mr Johnson’s administration has suffered a series of setback in recent weeks. 

They suffered a serious blow last week when the Supreme Court ruled that he had unlawfully prorogued Parliament, allowing Mps to reopen the Commons.

 The ‘Remainer alliance’ will hold talks today as they plot to bind his Johnson’s hands even tighter on Brexit.

Labour, the SNP, the Lib Dems and other smaller parties will meet in Westminster as they step up their attack on the embattled PM.

The gathering – as the Tories stage their conference in Manchester – could deliver another blow to Mr Johnson by launching a bid to make him beg for an extension from the EU by Saturday.

This all comes as the PM reels from lurid allegations about his private life.

He has been accused of having a sexual affair with US entrepreneur and ex-model Jennifer Arcuri while he was London mayor, and taxpayer funding she received for her business  are now the subjct of several probes. 

Mr Johnson says he acted with ‘full propriety’.

Charlotte Edwardes

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson squeezed a journalist Charlotte Edwardes’ (left) thigh at a private lunch with such force it made her jerk bolt upright, it was claimed last night

An adamant Number 10 tonight pushed back against these accusations and branded them 'untrue', yet Edwardes has stuck to her story

An adamant Number 10 tonight pushed back against these accusations and branded them ‘untrue’, yet Edwardes has stuck to her story

And a female journalist has claimed MrJohnson squeezed her thigh at a private lunch. 

Charlotte Edwardes said that in 1999 the Prime Minister – then the editor of the Spectator magazine – grabbed a chunk of flesh from her upper leg.

But as the Prime Minister rallied party grassroots at the Conservative conference in Manchester, an adamant Number 10 last night pushed back against the accusations and branded them ‘untrue’.

Yet Edwardes has stuck to her story and tweeted: ‘If the prime minister doesn’t recollect the incident then clearly I have a better memory than he does.’

Downing Street has been approached for comment.

 

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