PM's aide Dominic Cummings 'to leave No 10 by Christmas' after comms chief quits

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PM's aide Dominic Cummings 'to leave No 10 by Christmas' after comms chief quits

Boris Johnson’s best advisor Dominic Cummings is set to leave Downing Street by the end of 2020, it has been reported.

The news came hours after Mr. Johnson’s other ally Lee Cain resigned as Director of Communications for No10.

The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg tweeted Thursday (Nov. 12) that a “Senior No 10 source says Dominic Cummings will be out by Christmas”. reports MirrorOnline.

Mr Cummings told the BBC that “rumors of my resignation are being fabricated” after speculation that he would follow Mr Cain from number 10.

The Downing Street big hitter, formerly famous in the pandemic for driving to Barnard Castle in Durham during the lockdown, said he had hinted at his upcoming departure on a blog he posted 10 months ago.

He told the BBC his “position has not changed since my January blog” when he wrote that he hoped to be “largely redundant” by the end of 2020.

The piece looked at Whitehall’s transformation, adding, “We want to improve performance and make myself a lot less important – and largely redundant within a year.”

Yesterday it was reported that Mr Cain had been offered a promotion to Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister, but a leak of this news sparked backlash within the Tory ranks – reportedly including Mr Johnson’s fiancée Carrie Symonds – who effectively carried out Mr Cain urged the office.

Along with Mr Cummings, Senior Advisor to Mr Johnson, Mr Cain was one of the key players in the Brexit election campaign brought into government by the Prime Minister.

Mr Cummings and Mr Cain are close political allies who have worked together since the Brexit campaign. Mr. Cummings reportedly was dissatisfied with the way his friend had been treated.

The Telegraph reported to a “staff member” of Mr Cain that the departure of the communications chief was the “beginning of the end for Dom”.

“Lee is the person who covered Dom’s flank 24 hours a day and he’ll be gone soon,” the source told the newspaper.

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