Dominic Cummings claims Boris Johnson offered him a seat in the House of Lords.
In an interview in The Spectator, Mr Cummings the former No.10 chief of staff also claimed the Prime Minister wanted to give his wife Carrie a government job with “lots of foreign travel”.
Had Mr Cummings taken a peerage he would have been able to vote on laws and could even have been appointed as a minister. Mr Johnson came to a similar arrangement with another of his advisers, Lord Frost. He was an unelected special adviser and Brexit negotiator – but subsequently has been given a peerage and the powers of a minister.
No.10 refuted the claims from the interview, describing them as, “risible, like much of Mr Cumming’s recent output”.
The former aide, who has staged a media war against Mr Johnson’s administration in recent months, also suggested Mr Johnson proposed Carrie Johnson should tour the world with the Duchess of Cambridge. He claims the PM said:
“We’ve got to find her a job with lots of foreign travel. Could we get the cabinet secretary to give her a job on Cop26, travelling round with Kate Middleton?
Last month, Mr Cummings released reportedly genuine WhatsApp messages suggesting that last year the Prime Minister did not believe the NHS could be overwhelmed by Covid-19.
Mr Cummings also stated that the PM tried to convince his aides of discredited and misinterpreted statistics on life expectancy, claiming only old people were dying and that it was a case of “get Covid and live longer”.