Boris Johnson’s top aide Dominic Cummings is to leave Downing Street by the end of 2020, it’s been reported.
The news has come hours after another Mr Johnson ally, Lee Cain, quit as No10’s Director of Communications.
The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg tweeted on Thursday (November 12) that a “Senior No 10 source says Dominic Cummings is out by Christmas”, reports MirrorOnline.
Mr Cummings told the BBC that “rumours of me threatening to resign are invented” after speculation that he would follow Mr Cain out of Number 10.
The Downing Street big-hitter, who shot to fame earlier in the pandemic for driving to Barnard Castle in Durham during lockdown, says that he intimated his upcoming departure in a blog he posted 10 months ago.
He told the BBC his “position hasn’t changed since my January blog” when he wrote that he hoped to make himself “largely redundant” by the end of 2020.
The piece was about transforming Whitehall, and added: “We want to improve performance and make me much less important — and within a year largely redundant.”
Yesterday it was reported that Mr Cain had been offered a promotion to become the Prime Minister’s chief of staff, but a leak of that news prompted a backlash within the Tory ranks – reportedly including Mr Johnson’s fiancee Carrie Symonds – which effectively forced Mr Cain out.
Along with Mr Cummings, Mr Johnson’s senior adviser, Mr Cain was one of the key players in the Vote Leave campaign for Brexit who were brought into Government by the Prime Minister.
Mr Cummings and Mr Cain are close political allies, having worked together since the Brexit campaign. Mr Cummings was said to be unhappy with the way his friend had been treated.
The Telegraph reported an “associate” of Mr Cain as saying the communication chief’s departure was the “beginning of the end for Dom”.
“Lee is the person who has been covering Dom’s flank 24 hours a day and he will soon be gone,” the source told the paper.