Dominic Cummings: PM’s top adviser leaves No 10 to ‘clear the air’

Back in late May, I posted a piece about Dominic Cummings, The Prime Minister’s reviled advisor, and whether he would be gone by 1st June following his well publicised trip to Barnard Castle during the first lockdown. “Will Dominic Cummings still be in post on June 1st 2020 ? Current odds on Betfair are 2/9 Yes and 11/4 No. Not very generous odds either way, but the 11/4 is quite tempting. I may have a bet tomorrow.”

Mr Cummings became more of a public figure in the past year and was forced into holding his own news conference at Downing Street in the summer, following controversy over him making a trip to the north of England when non-essential travel was banned at the height of the coronavirus lockdown.

Boris Johnson boots out top adviser Dominic Cummings
Dominic Cummings leaving Downing Street Friday 13th November 2021

Needless to say, I lost the bet, but today, nearly six months later, he left Downing street.

Mr Johnson worked with Mr Cummings on the 2016 Vote Leave campaign and hired Mr Cummings to be his senior adviser, when he became prime minister. Six months later the pair’s “Get Brexit Done” campaign message helped Mr Johnson win a large majority in the general election.

Boris Johnson ordered Dominic Cummings to leave Downing Street with immediate effect, in a dramatic end to a tumultuous era which leaves a void at the heart of Downing Street. Cummings and his ally Lee Cain – both ardent Brexiters blamed by MPs for a macho culture and a series of communications crises – were asked to step down on Friday instead of staying in place until Christmas. One source said the prime minister told Cummings to go following accusations he had briefed against Johnson and his fiance Carrie Symonds. Special advisers were said to be delighted by his departure.

The prime minister was immediately urged to appoint an MP as his permanent chief of staff to help heal deep divisions with backbenchers amid warnings that his parliamentary party risked becoming ungovernable. Click full article

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