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.”
Confirmation of his plans comes hours after another aide to Mr. Johnson, Lee Cain, resigned as No. 10 communications director.
He was 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 fiancé Carrie Symonds – that effectively ousted Mr Cain from 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.