Top Boris adviser Dominic Cummings leaves Number 10 for good after ‘difficult week’

One of Boris Johnson’s top advisers has left his role in Government with immediate effect, it’s been reported.

Dominic Cummings, who has caused controversy during his time working with Mr Johnson, had been expected to step down from his role at the end of the year.

But images of Mr Cummings leaving Number 10 with a large box of his belongings have been shared tonight (Friday), with PA news agency reporting that he has left for good.

The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg tweeted that the Prime Minister and Mr Cummings had a heart-to-heart earlier today, adding: “Dominic Cummings has now decided to leave Number 10 today for good – (subtle hint walking out with a box – Lee Cain also now out from today.

“There was a conversation btw the 2 of them and the PM at lunchtime today where it was decided after upset in the team and difficult week, best to go immediately.”

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.

But this week saw his own ally Lee Cain, Number 10 director of communications, hired as chief of staff – and then promptly resigning the new role, reportedly after the appointment of a new press secretary.

According to PA, Mr Cain’s proposed move angered 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.

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Mr Cummings and Mr Cain have worked together since the Brexit campaign. Mr Cummings was said to be unhappy with the way his friend had been treated.

Along with Mr Cummings, Mr Cain was one of the key players in the Vote Leave campaign for Brexit who were brought into Government by the Prime Minister.

Senior Tory MP Sir Bernard Jenkin said it is time to restore “respect, integrity and trust”, which he said have been “lacking in recent months” between No 10 and Tory MPs.

“It’s an opportunity to reset how the Government operates and to emphasise some values about what we want to project as a Conservative Party in Government,” the chair of the Commons liaison committee told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“I’m not surprised in a way that it is ending in the way it is. No prime minister can afford a single adviser to become a running story, dominating his Government’s communications and crowding out the proper messages the Government wants to convey.

“Nobody is indispensable.”