Got a job interview, Dom? Maverick No10 aide Dominic Cummings swaps his joggers for a SUIT on first day back
- Boris Johnson has gathered his Cabinet for first time since the summer holidays
- No10 chief aide Dominic Cummings traded his scruffy style for a smarter suit
- Defence Secretary Ben Wallace stopped to shake hands as he arrived today
- The PM has set out his desire to get the country back towards ‘normality’
Maverick No10 chief Dominic Cummings ditched his trademark scruffy style today as the new political term started.
Mr Cummings – who took time off for an undisclosed medical operation recently – donned a smart suit for the first Cabinet meeting called by Boris Johnson after the summer holidays.
It was a stark contrast to his usual work attire, which typically involves a T-shirt and jogging bottoms or jeans.
The upgrade came as the PM spelled out his desire to get the country back towards ‘normality’ despite the coronavirus crisis.
The government is facing a barrage of problems, with children returning to school for the first time since lockdown this week.
Maverick No10 chief Dominic Cummings (pictured with fellow aide Cleo Watson) ditched his typical scruffy look today for a smart suit
It was a stark contrast to Mr Cummings’ usual work attire, which typically involves a T-shirt and jogging bottoms or jeans (pictured last month)
Boris Johnson has held his first Cabinet meeting today following the summer holidays
Meanwhile, there is mounting Tory unrest about the handling of the pandemic and the struggle to get workers back in offices, to avert the collapse of town and city centres.
The public finances have been left in tatters by the huge bailouts, but there is fury at briefings suggesting Chancellor Rishi Sunak could raise taxes in the Budget this Autumn.
Experts have warned that efforts to raise revenue now – with one options said to be increasing fuel duty by 5p – could derail any hopes of recovery.
Instead, they suggest the deficit should be allowed to rack up and the books only start being balance in a couple of years.
Ben Wallace blundered today by stopping to shake hands on the way into the first Cabinet meeting after the summer break
Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Boris Johnson managed to keep their distance as they walked over to the Foreign Office from Downing Street
Other ministers managed to keep their distance as they arrived at Cabinet this morning
Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg seemed in good spirits as the new term got under way
Mr Cummings has introduced a new ‘mission control’ style set-up in the Cabinet Office as part of a push to sharpen up the Whitehall machine.
No10 permanent secretary Simon Case was unveiled as the new head of the civil service today – the youngest holder of the post in living memory – with a mandate to force through changes.
Mr Johnson laid out his ‘priorities for the autumn’ during the meeting with ministers this morning as the first lessons of the new school year take place.
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