Boris Johnson’s controversial former right-hand man Dominic Cummings earns more than £132k from his new IT consultancy business after quitting No10
- Dominic Cummings set up Siwah, an IT consultancy business, in February 2021
- The first accounts for the company reveal it earned £132,666 in the first year
- He set the company up three months after he sensationally quit Downing Street
- Cummings had been top aide to Boris Johnson but resigned after series of rows
Mr Cummings, who sensationally resigned from Downing Street in November 2020, set up Siwah Ltd only three months later in February 2021.
When it was created the nature of the business was vague, with documents only saying it was involved in ‘information technology consultancy activities’.
According to its inaugural set of accounts filed on November 17 the company, which shares its name with an oasis in the Egyptian desert, made £132,666 in its first year.
Boris Johnson’s former right-hand man Dominic Cummings (pictured) new business earned more than £132,000 in its first year
Dominic Cummings set up his IT consultancy firm three months after he dramatically quit No10
Mr Cummings carried his belongings out of No10’s famous front door in a cardboard box in November 2020
They also show the firm, which is registered to an office in Durham – where Cummings retired to in breach of Covid rules during the pandemic – owed creditors £42,606 and had net assets of £91,055.
Boris Johnson’s former top-aide Mr Cummings resigned in November 2020 after the PM’s then-fiancee Carrie Symonds reportedly blocked the promotion of his right-hand man Lee Cain following months of civil war on Downing Street.
During his time as Mr Johnson’s most-senior official, Mr Cummings issued a clarion call for ‘weirdos’ and ‘misfits’ to work in No. 10.
Boris Johnson’s (left) former-Svengali Dominic Cummings (right) set up a new technology consultancy firm three months after he sensationally quit No. 10
He wrote an extraordinary blog post calling for ‘some true wild cards, artists, people who never went to university and fought their way out of an appalling hell hole’.
Mr Cummings casually strolled out of Downing Street while clutching a cardboard box following a brutal reckoning which saw his closest ally Cain fall on his sword – having failed to secure the key role of Mr Johnson’s chief of staff.
It followed reports that Miss Symonds blocked Cain’s promotion, warning it would be a ‘mistake’.
The unrest in No. 10 saw her purportedly nicknamed ‘Princess Nut Nut’ by opponents.
Other tags for Ms Symonds previously circulating among the Brexit clique include ‘Cersei’, a reference to the scheming Game of Thrones character.
Mr Cummings’ departure lead to much speculation about where he would go next – with some sources claiming he could soon be offered the job to lead Britain’s first £800million defence research agency.
The proposed body, based on the American Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is described as one of his ‘pet projects’.
One source told the FT: ‘One expectation among Whitehall mandarins is that Mr Cummings may leave Number 10 to become the first head of his pet project: a new high-risk, high-reward scientific research body based on the Darpa agency in the US’.
During his time as Mr Johnson’s most-senior official, Mr Cummings issued a clarion call for ‘weirdos’ and ‘misfits’ to work in No. 10. Pictured: The Daily Mail illustrated how Mr Cummings’ job advert might look on a poster
Less than two years ago Mr Cummings was relatively unknown outside Westminster but was thrust into the public consciousness with his combative nature, his desire to take on the Establishment and his ill-fated decision to bend the rules in the first lockdown to travel north from London with his ill family.
It was reported at the time that his 16 months in Downing Street would give him the opportunity to potentially earn millions in consultancy fees advising businesses on Brexit, the coronavirus crisis and gaining access to Whitehall.
Another insider told MailOnline: ‘Dom has been driving reform of the civil service – he could make a fortune as a consultant’.
The 48-year-old father-of-one – who is married to Spectator journalist Mary Wakefield, the daughter of baronet Sir Humphry Wakefield – could also choose to write a book about his time in Government, which could secure him a publishing deal of between £500,000 and £1million.