Anger over Westminster security pass for Cummings

MPs demand to know why Boris Johnson’s aide has access despite being in contempt of parliament

Senior MPs have demanded to know why Dominic Cummings, the prime minister’s adviser, has been granted a security pass for the Palace of Westminster even though he has been found in contempt of parliament.

The former head of the Vote Leave campaign, who is now employed inside No 10, was sanctioned in March this year for failing to appear before the digital, culture, media and sport committee’s inquiry into fake news. MPs on the Commons committee of privileges found that his refusal to give oral evidence constituted a significant interference in the work of the inquiry.

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