No10 play down suggestion of Cabinet reshuffle next week to distract from Dominic Cummings saga

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Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street (PA Wire)
Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street (PA Wire)

Number 10 has played down suggestions Boris Johnson will carry out a reshuffle next week.

The Prime Minister is expected to promote more women to the cabinet when he decides to shake-up his top table.

However, No10 have played down a rumour he could strike next Wednesday in a bid to distract from Dominic Cummings’ appearance in front of a committee of MPs.

The Prime Minister’s former chief adviser is expected to make bombshell disclosures when he gives evidence next week on the government’s handling of the pandemic.

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Last week, Mr Cummings threatened the PM with the release of “a crucial historical document” that would expose decision-making in the first Covid lockdown.

“I’ve got the only copy of a crucial historical document from Covid decision-making,” he said.

While No10 did not completely rule it out, Evening Standard columnist Tom Newton Dunn said a Downing Street source had dismissed a reshuffle on Wednesday as “complete bollocks”, not least because “they’re always pretty messy”.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman declined to comment.

He told reporters: “As I think you’re aware it’s not something that we would comment on.”

Pressed on whether there could be a reshuffle on Wednesday to distract from Mr Cummings’ blockbuster evidence session, he stressed again: “You know we don’t comment on such matters.”

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