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Boris Johnson Key Assistant Lee Cain announces that he is QUTTING


Boris Johnson's communications director Lee Cain has dramatically announced tonight that he is giving up in the face of signs of a blazing power struggle at number 10.

The longtime Johnson aide and Dominic Cummings loyalist was touted for promotion to prime minister just yesterday Chief of staff.

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

Recent speculation about the doctorate had spurred a flood of hostile briefings in which critics manipulate the government's "Shambolian" handover of media over the pandemic and brand it "Vote Leave" as a brazen takeover by the Downing Street faction.

The move was vehemently opposed by the Prime Minister's fiancée, Ms. Symonds, who warned Mr Johnson against it Appointing Mr. Cain to the powerful new position would be "a mistake".

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

His departure comes amid rumors of a rift in the heart of the government with Mr. Cummings and Ms. Symonds involved in a constant tug of war for Mr. Johnson's ear.

There was speculation tonight that Mr. Cummings might follow his ally out the door.

Boris Johnson's top advisor Lee Cain (pictured today) has announced that he will be quitting amid rumors Carrie Symonds tried 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

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

In a statement today, 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;

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

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 in 2018 because of Brexit, 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 for the Mr Cummings-led and Mr Johnson and Michael Gove-led election campaign.

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

It would also be controversial with some elements of the media that have been hurt 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 over the past year that led him to controversially prorogate Parliament to prevent that pro-remain MPs block a no-deal exit.

The promotion to Chief of Staff advertised by Mr Cain was supported by Mr Cummings, whose close relationship with Mr Cain is one of the reasons for this hostility among Members.

However, 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 Ms. Stratton, who is due to start daily televised briefings on behalf of No. 10 in the New Year.

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."

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 in 2018 because of Brexit, 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 for the Mr Cummings-led and Mr Johnson and Michael Gove-led election campaign.

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 imposed a boycott of 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 as a passionate Brexiteer and helped shape Mr Johnson's tough stance over the past year that led him to controversially prorogate Parliament to prevent pro-Remain MPs from getting a no- Block deal exit.

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 be in big trouble.

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