Cummings is going! PM’s Barnard Castle-loving aide packs desk and quits No.10
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Dominic Cummings has reportedly left No.10 Downing Street for good, less than 24 hours after "senior sources" insisted he would be staying at the Prime Minister's side until the end of the year.
Boris Johnson's senior adviser Dominic Cummings had already let it be known he was set to leave Downing Street in the wake of a very public power struggle behind closed doors at No.10.
The Prime Minister's controversial aide – who was widely scorned across the entire political spectrum when he was spotted breaking lockdown rules by going for an eyesight testing drive around Barnard Castle in County Durham back in May – had been expected to step down from his role by the end of the year.
But the Svengali-like figure decided on Friday night to make a very public exit from the front door of No.10 carrying what appeared to be a packed cardboard box.
And Government sources have reportedly confirmed he has left the seat of UK government for the final time and "with immediate effect".
The ex boss of Vote Leave had been a critical yet shadowy figure at the heart of PM Boris Johnson's Conservative government since apparently masterminding the Right Honourable Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip's huge election win late last year.
Played by Hollywood A-lister Benedict Cumberbatch in a Channel 4 docu-drama about the Brexit referendum, the man himself was thrust into the limelight in the wake of the Barnard Castle debacle, taking the unique decision to hold a press conference himself in the garden of No.10 Downing Street.
He insisted he had done absolutely nothing wrong by loading his family into a car during a national lockdown, and driving to a now notorious beauty spot "to test his eyesight".
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Mr Cummings says he always intended to depart at the end of the year but all the signs are he is leaving after losing out in a power struggle among the Prime Minister's inner circle.
He wanted his close ally Lee Cain – the No 10 director of communications – to be installed as Mr Johnson's chief of staff, thereby strengthening his own grip on the Downing Street operation.
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But the proposed move infuriated many senior Tories – and, it is said, the Prime Minister's fiancee Carrie Symonds – who were alarmed at the prospect of Mr Cummings extending his influence even further.
When it failed to work out, Mr Cain – who feared he was being sidelined with the appointment of a new press secretary – announced he was quitting.
- Dominic Cummings
- Boris Johnson
- Channel 4
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