BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg hints ‘Pandora’s Box’ has been opened for Boris Johnson

Laura Kuenssberg discusses Labour's stance towards lobbying

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The BBC Political Editor has questioned whether the ongoing controversies at the heart of Government can be put down to just “title tattle” – as International Trade Secretary Liz Truss put it at the weekend. Ms Kuenssberg has listed a number of issues that have emerged from Number 10 in recent weeks in a blog post on the BBC website.

They include an attack made by Dominic Cummings over Mr Johnson’s leadership, the source of alleged leaks from Number 10 and the costs of a refurbishment of a flat used by the Prime Minister and his fiancé Carrie Symonds.

Ms Kuenssberg wrote: “Don’t assume the various claims and counterclaims will disappear fast – and don’t assume that they haven’t raised some serious issues too.”

Last week, a public row erupted between Mr Cummings and his former boss, the Prime Minister.

In a blog post, Mr Cummings lashed out at Mr Johnson and accused the Prime Minister of being responsible for a series of false allegations about him in the media.

Mr Johnson’s former top adviser denied he was responsible for the leak of private texts in which the Prime Minister promised to “fix” a tax issue for the entrepreneur Sir James Dyson.

Ms Kuenssberg claims the alleged briefings against Mr Cummings may “have turned the key that opened a Pandora’s Box”.

She added: “Mr Johnson’s carefully cultivated persona before he entered Downing Street was of someone who wanted to push the boundaries, who didn’t pretend he was free of flaws.

“Some of his allies are confident that less-than-perfect behaviour is therefore priced in. The gradual unlocking of the country, and the success of the vaccine programme, are more relevant than all of this.

“But the idea that the Tory party just forget it all? Briefings against Mr Cummings, perhaps even carried out by the Prime Minister himself, have turned the key that opened a Pandora’s Box.

“And whatever the specific details of each allegation, the question that truly matters in the end is how the prime minister is operating in office.”

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