Dominic Cummings reignites feud with Carrie Symonds claiming she went ‘completely crackers’ over dog story

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<p>Carrie Symonds with her pet dog, Dilyn</p> (PA Archive)

Carrie Symonds with her pet dog, Dilyn

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Dominic Cummings has reignited his feud with Carrie Symonds claiming she distracted the Prime Minister at a key moment during the pandemic by going “completely crackers” over a story about their dog Dilyn.

The Prime Minister’s former chief aide, speaking to the Commons Health and Social Care and Science and Technology committees, said he warned him on March 12 that there were "big problems coming" if self-isolation measures were not announced immediately.

He said he warned Boris Johnson the Cabinet Office was “terrifyingly sh**” and they were facing between 100,000 to 500,000 deaths.

Mr Cummings went on to claim that instead of focusing on Covid, the Government was consumed with a potential bombing campaign in the Middle East at the request of Donald Trump and a "trivial" story in the Times about Dilyn the dog.

During his bombshell evidence, Mr Cummings described it as “so surreal” adding: “That day, the Times had run a huge story about the Prime Minister and his girlfriend and their dog.

"The Prime Minister’s girlfriend was going completely crackers about this story and demanding that the press office deal with that.

"So we had this sort of completely insane situation in which part of the building was saying are we going to bomb Iraq?

“Part of the building was arguing about whether or not we’re going to do quarantine or not do quarantine, the Prime Minister has his girlfriend going crackers about something completely trivial."

Ms Symonds, who was pregnant at the time, dismissed the story on Twitter as “total c**p”.

The pair are known to have had a feud and Ms Symonds was thought to have been instrumental in his sacking last year. Mr Cummings’ allies allegedly also referred to Ms Symonds as “Princess Nut Nuts”.

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