A particular adviser who was fired by Dominic Cummings after she was accused of leaking ‘Brexit secrets and techniques’ immediately hinted that Boris Johnson’s ex-chief aide instructed armed police to march her out of Downing Road.
Treasury aide Sonia Khan, then 27, claimed she was given no cause for her sudden dismissal after she was unexpectedly summoned for a 10-minute assembly with the previous No10 maverick in August 2019.
Mr Cummings is assumed to have pressured Ms Khan handy over her telephones for inspection earlier than sacking her after particulars of Operation Yellowhammer – which set out the potential penalties of a no-deal Brexit – have been leaked.
The Tory aide, who was accused of remaining in contact with former boss Philip Hammond, was subsequently frogmarched out of Downing Road by armed police in full public view.
She then introduced an employment tribunal however withdrew her claims of unfair dismissal and intercourse discrimination after agreeing a settlement understood to be value 5 figures.
Talking out concerning the incident for the primary time, Ms Khan immediately stated the Authorities had set a ‘harmful precedent’ and he or she was ‘decided’ to cease related conditions from taking place once more.
In an interview with Emma Barnett, who was presenting her first episode of Lady’s Hour on BBC Radio 4, she declined to disclose particulars about her assembly with Mr Cummings.
Ms Khan additionally denied leaking particulars of no-deal Brexit planning and admitted that she may perceive why folks might discover Mr Cummings ‘intimidating’.
Treasury aide Sonia Khan, then 27, claimed she was given no cause for her sudden dismissal after she was unexpectedly summoned for a 10-minute assembly with Dominic Cummings in August 2019. Ms Khan is pictured with former boss Philip Hammond in October 2018
Mr Cummings is assumed to have pressured Ms Khan handy over her telephones for inspection earlier than sacking her after particulars round Operation Yellowhammer – which set out the potential penalties of a no-deal Brexit – have been leaked to the media
She advised Ms Barnett: ‘I bear in mind at the moment feeling fairly strongly that if I am not given a cause and there is a likelihood it may occur once more, it units a extremely unhealthy normal.
‘I used to be by no means given a cause about why what occurred occurred, and that for me was the set off to take the motion I did.’
Ms Khan defined that she ‘felt really sorry for the police officer’ who marched her off the premises as a result of he was ‘shocked on the request as a result of police do not get entangled in employment points’.
‘It would not sound just like the Metropolitan Police have had to do this earlier than’, she added.
She went on: ‘My guiding thought was that if I did nothing, then nothing would change and that this was a harmful precedent for the Authorities to set – not simply to different individuals who work in authorities however companies and different organisations who cope with workers.’
The aide refused to be drawn on what precisely Mr Cummings advised her as she was sacked, however admitted that she may see why ‘he or anybody else in authorities, significantly these in actually highly effective roles’ are seen as ‘intimidating’.
In a gathering days after Ms Khan’s departure, Mr Cummings is claimed to have advised particular advisers: ‘If you happen to do not like how I run issues, there’s the door. F*** off.’
The dispute was as a consequence of be thought-about at an employment tribunal that might have resulted in Mr Cummings having to provide proof, in addition to within the publication of WhatsApp messages, texts and emails between senior Downing Road advisers that have been submitted.
A authorities supply advised the Occasions that the supply of compensation mirrored Mr Johnson’s new strategy as a part of a ‘reset’ after the resignation of his former communications chief Lee Cain.
Mr Cummings was sacked from his place within the Authorities earlier than Christmas following a No10 energy wrestle.
The PM’s fiancee Carrie Symonds and his new press secretary Allegra Stratton are stated to need Downing Road to take a ‘kinder’ strategy to particular advisers going ahead.
It’s thought Ms Khan had been accused by Mr Cummings of leaking particulars of a no-deal Brexit train to the media.
Lady’s Hour host Emma Barnett tweeted forward of the airing of her interview with Ms Khan
Regardless of her sacking, Ms Khan (pictured proper) campaigned for Mr Johnson on the normal election in December 2019 and maintains robust hyperlinks within the Tory get together
Her then-boss, Sajid Javid, ‘voiced his anger’ with Mr Johnson over her remedy and later resigned as Chancellor after rejecting a requirement from No10 that he fireplace his whole crew of aides.
Final November, Ms Khan stated she had reached a settlement with the Treasury and was ‘now not pursuing my employment tribunal declare’, which was as a consequence of be heard in December.
In a press release issued by the FDA civil service union, Ms Khan stated: ‘Having reached a settlement of those points I’m now shifting on with my life and profession.
‘I’ve a satisfying job as a advisor, I keep nice affection for the Conservative Occasion and stay a dedicated Conservative.
‘The get together took me underneath its wing once I was a teen and I really feel vastly privileged to have served as a particular adviser underneath the final two prime ministers.’
Regardless of her sacking, Ms Khan campaigned for Mr Johnson on the normal election in December and is assumed to keep up robust hyperlinks within the Tory get together.
Ms Khan had earned a fame as a talented political operator in Westminster since becoming a member of Mr Hammond’s crew in 2018.
She had beforehand labored for ex-Cupboard minister Liam Fox and the TaxPayers’ Alliance marketing campaign group.