Boris Johnson’s former top aide wants to take a new job consulting for an unnamed firm – but the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACOBA) has refused to give official advice
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Dominic Cummings has been handed a slapdown by Parliament’s revolving door watchdog over a secretive new job.
Boris Johnson’s former top advisor had already fallen foul of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACOBA), after failing to seek their advice before starting his paid-for Substack email newsletter.
Former ministers and officials are required to ask for their advice before taking a new job within two years of leaving government.
And this week, the Cabinet Office submitted a request on Mr Cummings’ behalf for advice on taking up a new consulting job.
But in the published version of their response, the name of the firm he’s offering his services to has been redacted.
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And ACOBA has refused to give him advice, because he’s failed to reply to their previous slapdown over his newsletter – for which he charges readers £10 a month.
According to their letter, Mr Cummings applied for advice on “consulting” work “to be carried out under a consultancy offering services which overlap with those Mr Cummings is already offering online without first receiving the benefit of the Committee’s advice.”
“Mr Cummings has not provided the Committee with a response to its correspondence in respect of the breach of the Rules,” Acoba Secretariat Cat Marshall wrote.
She added: “The application to consult for [redacted] relates directly to his previous breach of the Rules and as a consequence the Committee refuses to provide advice on this occasion.”
The letter demands a full reply to their previous correspondence, and a promise to cooperate fully with them in future.