Dominic Cummings is to leave his role as chief adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson by the end of the year, a minister has said.
Earlier this week, the PM’s director of communications Lee Cain resigned and it is understood that he will also leave his role by the end of the year. His resignation came after reports of arguments within Downing Street and the Conservative Party regarding a plan to make Mr Cain the new chief of staff in No.10.
Mr Cain was a close ally of Mr Cummings and worked with him and Mr Johnson on the Vote Leave campaign ahead of the 2016 EU referendum.
Rumours have spread in recent days that Mr Cummings may also quit his role, and this was confirmed by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, speaking to Sky News on Friday morning.
Mr Cummings wrote in a blog post in January that he wanted to make himself “largely redundant” by the end of the year, though some have claimed the resignation of Mr Cain may have had some impact on his plan to leave his role.
Mr Cummings has long been a controversial figure but attracted widespread attention earlier this year when he was accused of breaching lockdown rules. Mr Cummings made a trip from London to Durham during a time at which the country was in lockdown and he believed he may have contracted COVID-19.
When speaking to the media about his actions, Mr Cummings said he travelled to Barnard Castle town, not for sightseeing but for a “test ride” to see if he would be able to safely drive back to London, given some problems with his eyesight while he was ill with suspected but unconfirmed COVID-19.
Despite many calls for him to do so, Boris Johnson did not remove Mr Cummings from his role and it is understood that he did not offer to resign.
Mr Cummings is thought to have been a major influence in Downing Street, so the two departures could spark significant change around the Prime Minister.