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Boris Johnson aide Lee Cain END the power struggle on Downing Street


Boris Johnson's communications director Lee Cain dramatically announced last night that he was quitting number 10 amid a blazing power struggle.

Long-time Johnson aide and Dominic Cummings loyalist was touted just hours before his promotion to the role of Prime Minister Chief of staff.

In his resignation statement, Mr. Cain affirmed that he had been offered the powerful position but, after "careful consideration", would leave at the end of the year.

Mr Cummings had urged his ally to be promoted against opposition from the Prime Minister's fiancée, Carrie Symonds, who warned that his appointment was "a mistake".

After losing the final tug of war for Mr. Johnson's ear, there was speculation that the Prime Minister's underdog chief adviser might follow Mr. Cain out the door.

But despite his faction of Vote Leave veterans who have lost an important lieutenant, Mr. Cummings appeared to stay on the job last night.

Boris Johnson's top aide Lee Cain (pictured yesterday) has announced that he will be resigning due to rumors Carrie Symonds attempted to block his promotion to Chief of Staff of Number 10

Mr. Cain, a campaign veteran who has served Mr. Johnson since serving in the Foreign Office, will be replaced by James Slack, the Prime Minister's official spokesman, as Director of Communications

Mr. Cain, a campaign veteran who has served Mr. Johnson since serving in the Foreign Office, will be replaced by James Slack, the Prime Minister's official spokesman, as Director of Communications

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Carrie Symonds

Mr Cummings (left) had urged his ally to be promoted against opposition from the Prime Minister's fiancée, Carrie Symonds (right), who warned his appointment was "a mistake".

In a statement yesterday evening, Mr. Cain said, “After careful consideration, I resigned as Communications Director No. 10 tonight and will be leaving at the end of the year.

& # 39; It has been a privilege to have worked as a consultant to Mr Johnson for the past three years – as part of a team that helped him win the Tory leadership competition and achieve the largest Conservative majority in three decades – and it was an honor to be asked to serve as chief of staff to the prime minister. & # 39;

He also paid tribute to Mr. Johnson's "loyalty and leadership" and thanked his colleagues at number 10.

In response to the resignation, Mr. Johnson said: “I would like to thank Lee for his extraordinary service to the government over the past four years.

“He has been a true ally and friend and I am delighted that he will remain Director of Communications until the New Year and help restructure the company. He will be missed very much. & # 39;

The former journalist will be in office until the end of the year, when he will be replaced by the Prime Minister's official spokesman, James Slack.

Lee Cain's promotion was assisted by Mr Cummings, whose close relationship with Mr Cain has been a source of hostility among Members

The promotion of Lee Cain was assisted by Mr Cummings, whose close relationship with Mr Cain has been a source of hostility among Members

Cain is a former journalist who disguised himself as the Daily Mirror's polling hen who chased David Cameron and other leading Tories in the 2010 election campaign

Cain is a former journalist who disguised himself as the Daily Mirror's polling hen who chased David Cameron and other leading Tories in the 2010 election campaign

Carrie Symonds - a former media director at CCHQ who previously had a fragmented relationship with Mr. Cain

Carrie Symonds – a former media director at CCHQ who previously had a fragmented relationship with Mr. Cain

The former mirror chicken that became one of the largest animals on Downing Street

Lee Cain is one of Mr. Johnson's most trusted advisors. He has been at his side since 2017 when he left Theresa May's Downing Street establishment to work with him in the Foreign Office. When Mr Johnson left Ms. May's cabinet because of Brexit in 2018, Mr Cain continued to work with him.

He then helped run his leadership campaign before joining his government as communications director. The two men also worked together during the 2016 Brexit referendum, when Mr. Cain was press secretary on the election campaign led by Mr Cummings and led by Mr Johnson and Michael Gove.

His promotion to chief of staff would raise concerns among some Tory MPs that the electoral leave operation might get a tight grip on the heart of the government.

It would also be controversial with some elements of the media that have been violated by Mr. Cain's uncompromising style.

Last year he ordered ministers to boycott BBC Radio 4's Today programming because of perceived bias. The ban was only lifted when the coronavirus pandemic broke out.

Mr Cain has also boycotted ITV's Good Morning Britain, which has lasted more than six months.

Growing up on the outskirts of Liverpool, Mr Cain has built a reputation as a passionate Brexiteer and helped shape Mr Johnson's tough stance last year that led him to controversially prorogate Parliament to prevent that MPs who campaign for the Remain block a no-deal exit.

The heartfelt testimony is believed to hide the clutter in the heart of government as warring factions compete for influence on Downing Street.

Mr Cummings, who has crammed the corridors of Number 10 with old allies from election leave, reportedly pondered his position last night but has chosen to stay in government, the BBC reported.

The fact that the promotion of Mr Cain was supported by Mr Cummings is one reason MEPs have been so hostile.

Tory chief whip Mark Spencer is said to have been "inundated" with messages from MPs urging him to intervene with the prime minister in an attempt to block Mr. Cain's appointment.

A former minister had warned that if Group No. 10 tightened its vote, it would be a "nail in the coffin" of the Johnson administration.

Multiple sources said Ms. Symonds, 32, stepped in to try to block the appointment.

One said: “Carrie has had her own run-ins with Lee, but she has also been pressured by MPs to stop this.

“You have to remember that she is a former communications director for the party and has good relations with many high-ranking MPs.

"She told the Prime Minister that it would be a mistake to give Lee the job – she was just trying to stop him from doing something stupid that would damage the government."

The appointment is said to have been turned down by other older women on Downing Street, including Munira Mirza, Johnson's political leader, and Allegra Stratton, the new press secretary.

Election guru Sir Lynton Crosby, who had mastered Mr Johnson's mayoral victories in London, is also said to have told the Prime Minister to reconsider.

The crisis had been brewing for weeks, and Mr Cain feared his role could be undermined by the arrival of Miss Stratton, who is scheduled to start daily televised reviews on behalf of No10 in the New Year.

Tension was already rising on Downing Street after a leak caused Mr Johnson to rush to announce the second national lockdown.

Angela Rayner, vice-chairwoman of the Labor Party, responded to news of power struggles within No. 10 and tweeted, “Pathetic and childish. In the middle of a pandemic, when we hit the tragic milestone of 50,000 deaths a few hours ago.

"This absolute shower would not know how to rule in the national interest if it slapped them in the face."

The appointment is said to have been turned down by other high-ranking women on Downing Street, including Munira Mirza, Johnson's boss, and new press secretary Allegra Stratton (pictured with Cain).

The appointment is said to have been turned down by other high-ranking women on Downing Street, including Munira Mirza, Johnson's boss, and new press secretary Allegra Stratton (pictured with Cain).

Mr. Cain is one of Mr. Johnson's most trusted advisors. He has been at his side since 2017 when he left Theresa May's Downing Street establishment to work with him in the Foreign Office.

When Mr Johnson left Ms. May's cabinet over Brexit in 2018, Mr Cain continued to work with him.

He then helped run his leadership campaign before joining his government as communications director.

The two men also worked together during the 2016 Brexit referendum, when Mr. Cain was press secretary on the election campaign led by Mr Cummings and led by Mr Johnson and Michael Gove.

Last year he ordered ministers to boycott BBC Radio 4's Today programming because of perceived bias. The ban was only lifted when the coronavirus pandemic broke out.

Mr Cain has also boycotted ITV's Good Morning Britain, which has lasted more than six months.

That year he sparked a strike by political journalists after banning news agency reporters from attending a No. 10 briefing with officials.

Mr Cain has built a reputation for being a passionate Brexiteer and has helped shape Mr Johnson's tough stance last year, when he controversially prorossed Parliament to prevent pro-remain MPs from making a no-deal exit To block.

But this year it turned out that he saw the job as a vote leave more as a route into politics than a calling.

A former journalist colleague told PR Week, “He told me,“ I just want to get into politics. I applied for two jobs and one of them.

“I applied for Remain as Head of Broadcast and Leave as Head of Broadcast. If this ever comes out, I'll get into big trouble.

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