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Ian Blackford calls for Dominic Cummings to give evidence before a parliamentary committee

THE SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford called today for PM Boris Johnson’s chief adviser to give evidence before a parliamentary committee.

Mr Blackford told BBC Radio Scotland: “I’ve written to the clerk of the liaison committee to ask that he use his powers to make sure that Dominic Cummings appears before that committee.

“It’s been clear for a long period of time that this is the power behind the throne.”

Mr Blackford went on to raise questions about the replacement of former Northern Ireland secretary Julian Smith and the former attorney general Geoffrey Cox in last Thursday’s reshuffle, claiming the Prime Minister is surrounding himself with “yes men and women.”

He added: “It’s right that the Prime Minister is questioned by the committee, but also the person that’s responsible — the power behind the throne — Dominic Cummings, who is having such an impact on government which has seen not just the removal of ministers but special advisers losing their jobs as he continues to play games in Number 10.”

When questioned about the right of the PM to determine ministers in his Cabinet, Mr Blackford likened the actions of Mr Johnson to US President Donald Trump.

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