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18 March 2015updated 09 Jul 2021 7:23am

Dominic Cummings’ blog shows the Tories are worried by the Lib Dems

By George Grylls

Much to the delight of Westminster, Dominic Cummings has blogged. In a post clocking in at around 2,300 words  — modest by Cummings’ standards  — the Prime Minister’s Special Adviser has laid out his thoughts on the election.

His line warning of the “real possibility of a hung parliament” has been picked up by a number of journalists. However, Cummings is playing a game. In recent days, polling has shown that the only threat to a Tory majority is the potential for Lib Dem gains in one nation Conservative seats. The Lib Dems have been trying to woo moderate Tories on the sly by saying that a Johnson government is inevitable, and so they can freely vote for Jo Swinson, safe in the knowledge that it will not result in a Jeremy Corbyn government.

Cummings’ intervention is a call to action from Tory high command. He wants to re-instil the fear of a hung parliament and a Corbyn premiership. Will his warnings be picked up by the media in the coming days? Judging by his past briefings, almost certainly yes.

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