Here is the statement in its entirety.
Statement Regarding Complaints No10 Today
The Prime Minister’s new director of communications, Jack Doyle, at the request of the Prime Minister, has made a number of false accusations to the media.
1. Re Dyson. I have WhatsApp messages between PM / Dyson forwarded to me by PM. I couldn’t find the ones that were leaked to Laura Kuenssberg on my phone and am unaware that I sent them last year. I was not directly or indirectly the source of the BBC / Kuenssberg story on PM / Dyson texts. Yesterday some No10 officials told me that No10 would make this charge and told me what they thought had really happened – that Dyson’s office emailed a number officials, including HMT officials, and included screenshots of PM / Dyson texts, and that this correspondence, from about a year ago, has been forwarded to the BBC. I don’t know if this is correct. Officials told me yesterday that I did not receive a copy of this correspondence and I do not remember (I no longer have access to my official email so I cannot verify this).
I am happy to meet the Secretary to the Cabinet and ask him to search my phone for Dyson messages. If the Prime Minister sent them to me, as he claims, then he can show the Cabinet Secretary on his own phone when they were sent to me. So it will be easy to establish at least if I ever received these messages. I’m also happy to post or give the Cabinet Secretary any PM / Dyson posts I have, which were about fans, bureaucracy, and covid politics – not tax matters.
2. Re locking. Last year there was a meeting between the Prime Minister, the Cabinet Secretary, the Director of Communications and myself regarding the leak of the decision to re-lock on the Friday evening immediately after the meeting in the room. of the Cabinet that made the decision (known in the media as “the story of the talkative rat”). The Cabinet Secretary told the Prime Minister that the leak was neither me nor the then director of communications and that “all evidence definitely leads to Henry Newman and others in this office, I’m just trying to get the communication data to prove it “. The PM was very upset about this. He said to me afterwards: ‘If Newman is confirmed to be responsible for the leaks, I will have to fire him, and that will cause me very serious problems with Carrie because they are best friends … [pause] perhaps we could ask the secretary to the cabinet to stop the investigation into the leaks? “
I told him it was “crazy” and totally unethical, that he himself had ordered the investigation and allowed the Secretary to the Cabinet to use more invasive methods than those usually applied to investigations. on leaks due to the severity of the leak. I told him he couldn’t cancel an investigation into a leak that has affected millions of people, just because it might involve his girlfriend’s friends. I refused to try to persuade the Cabinet Secretary to stop the investigation and instead encouraged the Cabinet Secretary to conduct the investigation regardless of the political ramifications. I told the Cabinet Secretary that I would support him regardless of the direction of the investigation. I have warned some officials that the prime minister is considering canceling the investigation. They would testify to this effect under oath at any investigation. I also have WhatsApp messages with very senior officials about this which are final.
Shortly thereafter, the Cabinet Secretary authorized the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson to tell the media that his investigation had shown that neither I nor the then Director of Communications were “the lockdown hunts” and he confirmed to me in writing that he had thus asked the then Prime Minister Official Spokesperson (who then left). The Prime Minister himself also confirmed in writing that the investigation into the leaks showed that neither I nor the then director of communications were responsible, describing the rumors to this effect as “total bullshit” .
So the PM knows that I was not the source of the leak and that the Cabinet Secretary allowed the PM’s official spokesperson to tell the media, but he has now cleared his DOC to make the charge.
The Cabinet Secretary knows the above to be true and can obviously see our messages about it on his own phone. He behaved with integrity during this difficult incident.
These events contributed to my decision to stick to my plan to leave No.10 by December 18, which I communicated to the Prime Minister in July, the day before my long-delayed operation.
3. Re the apartment. The Prime Minister’s DOC also made accusations against me and leaks concerning the renovation of his apartment by the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister stopped telling me about this case in 2020 because I told him that I thought his plans to secretly charge for the renovation by donors were unethical, stupid, maybe illegal, and almost have certainly broke the rules on the proper disclosure of political donations if they were conducted in the way he intended. I refused to help him organize these payments. My knowledge about them is therefore limited. I would be happy to tell the Cabinet Secretary or the Election Commission what I know about this.
4. I made the offer to deliver private text messages, although I am not required to do so by law, due to the seriousness of the claims officially made by No10 today, in particular the covid leak which has caused serious damage to millions. This does not mean that I will respond to all claims made by No10.
The right way to deal with such matters is through an urgent parliamentary inquiry into the conduct of the government during the covid crisis, which should gather evidence from all key players under oath and have access to the documents. Issues regarding covid and / or the Prime Minister’s conduct should not be addressed as No10 has dealt with them within the last 24 hours. I will fully cooperate with any such investigation and will be happy to testify under oath. I’m glad No10 is posting every email I received and sent from July 2019 through November 2020 (with no exceptions other than, obviously, some national security / intelligence concerns).
It is sad to see the Prime Minister and his office fall so far from the standards of competence and integrity the country deserves.
I will not be attending media briefings on these issues, but will answer questions on any of these issues in Parliament on May 26 for as long as Members of Parliament wish.