Dominic Cummings to appear before MPs in first public appearance since leaving No 10

Former top aide to Prime Minister to be questioned by the Science and Technology Committee

Bethany Dawson@bethanymrd
Wednesday 17 March 2021 09:00
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Cummings addressed allegations he broke lockdown rules in a press conference in Downing Street’s rose garden on 25 May
Cummings addressed allegations he broke lockdown rules in a press conference in Downing Street’s rose garden on 25 May

Dominic Cummings is set to appear before MPs in his first public appearance since leaving Downing Street.

Wednesday morning will see the former top aide to the Prime Minister be interrogated by the Commons Science and Technology Committee.

Mr Cummings will give evidence on the Advanced Research & Invention Agency (Aria) – an independent body that he is regarded as the designer of – after concerns have been raised over a lack of transparency.

Launched just four weeks ago, Aria is backed by £800 million – as set out by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the March 2020 budget – to fund “high-risk research” and to support “the most inspiring inventors to turn their transformational ideas into new technologies, discoveries, products and services” according to the UK government.

The government also describes the agency as having “a much higher tolerance for failure than is normal”, stating that “freedom to fail is often also the freedom to succeed”.

Mr Cummings will be appearing before the Commons Science and Technology Committee, which is comprised of cross-bench Members of Parliament, and will be discussing these issues of transparency.

Mr Cummings has not been seen within the confines of Number 10 since he left his role in November after appearing to lose a power battle with the prime minister.

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