One of Boris Johnson’s top advisors has left his government role with immediate effect, it was reported.
Dominic Cummings, who caused controversy while with Mr Johnson, was due to step down from his role later this year.
But pictures of Mr. Cummings leaving number 10 with a large box of his belongings were shared tonight (Friday). The PA news agency reports that he has left for good.
The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg tweeted that the Prime Minister and Mr Cummings used to have a heart to heart earlier today, adding, “Dominic Cummings has now decided to leave number 10 forever – (subtle hint that goes out with a box – too Lee Cain out of today.
“The two of them had a conversation with the Prime Minister at noon today, and after a surprise in the team and a difficult week, it was decided that it would be best to start immediately.”
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.
But this week his own ally Lee Cain, the number 10 communications director, was hired as chief of staff – and then reportedly promptly resigned from the new role following the appointment of a new press secretary.
According to the PA, Mr Cain’s proposed move angered high-profile Tories – and allegedly the Prime Minister’s fiancée, Carrie Symonds – who were alarmed at the prospect of Mr Cummings expanding his influence.
Mr Cummings and Mr Cain have worked together since the Brexit campaign. Mr. Cummings reportedly was dissatisfied with the way his friend had been treated.
Along with Mr Cummings, Mr Cain was a key player in the Brexit election campaign brought into government by the Prime Minister.
Senior Tory MP Sir Bernard Jenkin said it was time to restore “respect, integrity and trust” to what he has “been missing” “in recent months” between MP No. 10 and Tory.
“It is an opportunity to reset the way the government works and highlight some values about what we as the Conservative party want to project into government,” the Commons Liaison Committee chairman told BBC Radio 4’s Today program.
“I’m not surprised that it ends the way it is. No prime minister can afford to have a single advisor become an ongoing story that dominates his government’s communications and suppresses the right messages the government wants to convey.
“Nobody is indispensable.”