Cummings is trying to restart paid work with Babylon, suggests Blunder
- A mistake by the British Revolving Door Watchdog suggests that Cummings is looking to resume his work with Babylon Heath.
- ACOBA had written Babylon’s name in an official letter but left it on the file name.
- Cummings worked for Babylon before joining Downing Street. He could benefit from a £ 250million fund set up after joining.
Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears to be looking to join Babylon Health, an AI healthcare company that could benefit from a £ 250million government fund set up during his tenure, can reveal Insider.
The accidental disclosure, which suggests Dominic Cummings hopes to work as a consultant for Babylon Health, was made in a letter from the Business Appointments Advisory Board (ACOBA) to the Cabinet Office.
ACOBA acts as a watchdog on the revolving door between public and private sector roles for former ministers, senior officials and special advisers.
ACOBA wrote to the Cabinet Office on September 10, noting its refusal to provide advice on an application by Cummings to work with a company that ACOBA redacted prior to publication.
But the document was uploaded with “Babylon” in the filename, as can be seen here:
Babylon could benefit from £ 250million fund Cummings helped set up
Cummings started working for Johnson at Downing Street in July 2019 and was fired in November 2020. Prior to joining Downing Street, Cummings worked for Babylon Health, according to a 2019 survey by The Guardian and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
Cummings previously advised Babylon Health on its communications strategy and senior executive recruitment, officially working with the firm until July 2018, but continuing to advise on recruitment until September 2018, according to the survey.
On August 8, 2019, just over two weeks after Johnson started as Prime Minister with Cummings by his side, Johnson and then-Health Secretary Matt Hancock. announced a £ 250million investment in the use of AI at the National Health Service of the United Kingdom.
Babylon Health has not yet received any investment from the fund, but welcomed its announcement, The Guardian and the Bureau reported. There is no suggestion of wrongdoing by Babylon Health.
ACOBA declined to offer advice to Cummings on his candidacy to work for Babylon Health, as his consulting work with the company would overlap with other consulting services Cummings had previously advertised on its sub-stack of 10. £ per month.
Cummings had advertised these consultancy services without first making a request to ACOBA and had not responded to a request for information from ACOBA. This was reported by ACOBA as a violation of the company appointment rules, which are set by the government and are part of the contracts of special advisers.
ACOBA told the Cabinet Office that it would decline to consider any new Cummings candidacy until it receives “a complete response to our previous correspondence and written assurance of full cooperation with all future candidacies.”
“Don’t think the rules apply to him”
Labor Phantom Health Minister Justin Madders told Insider: “Again, he doesn’t think the rules apply to him.”
Cummings recently wrote about revolving door issues on its paid Substack.
“This ‘revolving door’ is a huge problem among British officials and probably the worst of all in the defense sector where so much is filed to prevent scrutiny. Parliament is totally failing in its duty to investigate the door spinning and its corrupt consequences, ”he wrote. Last week.
“A tiny part of this has been exposed recently in the way senior officials who have left have contacted former comrades to ask for favors during the covid, but Parliament has, as usual, done little to dig deeper and I don’t know a single person being fired. “
Ironically, some officials managed to spread the idea to the political media that I got a pay raise during covid and was rewarded when I left – I turned down both, as shown archives, but the media obviously prefer to spread lies about me rather than dig into institutionalized corruption that is largely ignored.
Cummings did not respond to Insider’s question about a recent Sub stack ask me anything about his previous violation of government rules.
Cummings, the Cabinet Office, Babylon Health and ACOBA did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment for this story.