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Dominic Cummings will step down after the # 10 collapse


Dominic Cummings is leaving Downing Street for the New Year after his closest ally was ousted in a power struggle with Boris Johnson's fiancé.

The Prime Minister canceled Mr. Cummings' resignation immediately following the departure of Lee Cain, No. 10 Communications Director, Wednesday evening.

Mr Johnson initially offered to promote Mr Cain to chief of staff, but abandoned the plan due to objections from his partner Carrie Symonds, causing Mr Cain to resign.

Mr Cummings' allies who worked with Mr Cain on the election campaign predict that he will follow suit within weeks of the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31.

"This will loosen Dom's hold on the government and expedite his departure," a source said.

"He wants to get Brexit over the line, overcome the hump of the pandemic and complete one or two of his favorite projects. Once that is done, he won't hang around anymore."

Downing Street rejected claims that Mr Cummings would quit next year as "speculation" – but other high-profile figures close to Mr Cain remain on "resignation watch," including chief Brexit negotiator David Frost.

Dominic Cummings (pictured) is leaving Downing Street for the New Year after Lee Cain falls

Boris Johnson initially offered to encourage communication. Lee Cain became chief of staff. But he dropped the plan after his partner Carrie Symonds objected (pictured with Mr. Johnson).

Boris Johnson initially offered to encourage communication. Lee Cain became chief of staff. But he dropped the plan after his partner Carrie Symonds objected (pictured with Mr. Johnson).

Mr. Cain, an ally of Mr. Cummings, resigned yesterday after Mr. Johnson's change of heart. He was Mr. Johnson's communications director

Mr. Cain, an ally of Mr. Cummings, resigned yesterday after Mr. Johnson's change of heart. He was Mr. Johnson's communications director

The network of connections on Downing Street, ravaged by factional battles during the coronavirus crisis

The network of connections on Downing Street, which was ravaged by factional battles during the coronavirus crisis

Who's Who in the Civil War between Cummings & # 39; Brexit Boys and the & # 39; Carrie Symonds Crew & # 39;

Cummings outside Downing Street in one of the outfits that made him an unlikely style icon

Cummings outside Downing Street in one of the outfits that made him an unlikely style icon

TEAM CAIN

Dominic Cummings

Age: 48

Official title: Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister

Boris Johnson's outsider Svengali, who became known nationwide for his trip to Barnard Castle to test his eyesight before a trip to London.

The former director of Vote Leave backed his former campaign agent Lee Cain as chief of staff to the prime minister – which led to a bitter argument with Johnson's girlfriend Carrie Symonds, who warned it would be a "mistake".

Known for his snappy demeanor and fondness for slob-style hoodies and jackets over suits, Cummings eventually lost the vicious tug of war, leading to Cain's resignation and speculation to follow.

He is known to have a difficult relationship with Symonds. She was reportedly against his aggressive stance on politics and against the tendency to "seek unnecessary fights" that could damage the prime minister's image, according to reports earlier this year.

Born in County Durham, Mr. Cummings is married to Mary Wakefield, a senior journalist for Spectator, a Tory Bible that Boris Johnson once edited.

Cummings ally Cleo Watson seen outside of No. 10

Cummings ally Cleo Watson seen outside of No. 10

Cleo Watson

Age: 31

Official title: Head of Prime Minister's Priorities and Campaigns

It's become a familiar ritual on Downing Street: Photographers demand photos of the elegant Cleo Watson as she walks to door number 10 with a disheveled Dominic Cummings. The couple look, as you put it, like a gazelle with a 'pit pony'.

Watson is Cummings' special adviser and the couple have a close relationship. A Whitehall source describes her as a "Cummings whisperer" because she is one of the few people who can calm him down when he gets angry.

Watson is one of five high-performing sisters from an extraordinary family whose story could have been taken from a novel by Jane Austen. In fact, she is the second of her siblings to work closely with a Tory leader. Her sister Annabel, 41, known as Bee, was Theresa May's chief of staff.

Watson worked with Vote Leave during the 2016 EU referendum before getting a top job in Political Department No. 10 during the May tenure.

She remained at the heart of the Johnson administration and now bears the title of "Head of Prime Minister's Priorities and Campaigns".

Oliver Lewis is another member of Vote Leave who is now working at No10

Oliver Lewis is another member of Vote Leave who is now working at No10

Oliver Lewis (nickname & # 39; Sonic & # 39;)

Age: Late 20s

Official title: Brexit policy advisor

Oliver Lewis, a former employee of Vote Leave, is a close ally of Cummings who is known to be nicknamed "Sonic".

Oxford-trained Lewis worked closely with Michael Gove on no-deal preparations, drawing inspiration from Cummings' love of science to create a giant table to model difference scenarios based on techniques used by NASA based.

He has also worked closely with chief Brexit negotiator David Frost and earlier this year was accused by EU sources of repeated attempts to end negotiations, according to The Sun.

After helping his mentor find Cain at the top of Downing Street, Lewis is also embroiled in the ugly fallout following the Symonds victory.

Reports today indicated that he was also seriously considering his position.

CARRIE & # 39; S CREW

Carrie Symonds - seen attending a Memorial Day service in Whitehall on Sunday - has become a force to be reckoned with on Downing Street

Carrie Symonds – seen at a memorial service in Whitehall on Sunday – has become a force to be reckoned with on Downing Street

Carrie Symonds

Age: 32

Official title: N / A

Symonds, Boris Johnson's fiancée and former Conservative Party media chief, has grown into a force to be reckoned with in # 10.

She is known to have a difficult relationship with Cummings and she blocked his offer to appoint his ally Lee Cain as chief of staff to the Prime Minister. She insisted that this would be a "mistake" considering how far advanced the campaign against the pandemic was.

There was a brutal stalemate before Symonds emerged victorious. Cain announced his resignation and Cummings reportedly was also considering his position.

Symonds grew up in West London and attended Godolphin and Latymer School, an independent day school for girls, and the University of Warwick.

She worked for the Tory Party from 2009 before making headlines when her affair with Mr Johnson, 56, came to light.

A passionate conservationist, she had a direct impact on government policy after a badger kill in Derbyshire was canceled, a move that saved thousands of animals.

Allegra Stratton is ready to become the face of Boris Johnson's new US-style TV press conference

Allegra Stratton is ready to become the face of Boris Johnson's new US-style TV press conference

Allegra Stratton

Age: 39

Official title: No10 press officer

Allegra Stratton, the former journalist ready to become the face of Downing Street & # 39; s first US-style televised press conferences, was what caused the power struggle that erupted.

After her appointment, she insisted that she would only be accountable to the Prime Minister and not to Cain. Fearing that the former Daily Mirror journalist might end up on the sidelines, Boris offered him the role of chief of staff.

Then Stratton and her allies stepped in, determined to prevent this.

A well-respected former journalist for the Guardian and ITV, among other things, Stratton helped Chancellor Rishi Sunak improve his public image before he was poached by No. 10.

Stratton is a fully paid member of the metropolitan elite, educated at the Latymer Upper School in London (fees: £ 21,000 per year) and studied anthropology and archeology at Cambridge. She is married to James Forsyth, the political editor of the Spectator.

Interestingly, Cain was recently ridiculed for disguising himself as a chicken in the 2010 election to pursue former Tory leader David Cameron, and it was recently revealed that Stratton was also dressed up as one, dancing at a cocky Westminster party who led the conga by veteran political expert Andrew Neil.

Munira Mirza is the phenomenally bright head of No10's Policy Unit

Munira Mirza is the phenomenally bright head of No10's Policy Unit

Munira Mirza

Age: 42

Official title: Director of Policy Unit Number 10

Munira Mirza is the highly respected and phenomenally astute political director of Downing Street.

As a longtime Boris advisor from his time as Mayor of London, she prefers to work outside the limelight, but is also said to have made clear her rejection of Cain's appointment.

The Oldham-born academic is a popular figure around # 10. & # 39; She has a huge brain but carries it easily. Boris listens to her, ”said one source.

Mirza's family came to the UK from Pakistan and her father found work as a factory while her mother taught Urdu part-time.

She attended Breeze High School and Oldham Sixth Form College, where she was the only student to get a place in Oxford, where she studied English literature.

As a former member of the Revolutionary Communist Party, Mirza is now a member of Johnson's circle and was named by the Prime Minister as one of the five women who shaped his life.

A source said last night that although Lord Frost was unhappy with Mr Cain's departure, he would not stop once talks with Brussels entered the final stages.

Tory MPs warned Mr Johnson that the chaos at # 10 is undermining public confidence in the government.

Sir Roger Gale said it was "extraordinary and unacceptable that Downing Street should be sidetracked by internal squabbles amid a pandemic".

He added: "Honestly, this is a distraction … the Prime Minister needs to get a grip on it."

Other MPs asked Mr. Johnson to drop his special adviser.

One said, “If you get rid of any of the Kray brothers, you have to get rid of Cummings too. To use a familiar phrase, Boris should take back control and be the real Boris that so many of his real friends and supporters believe can be. "

The Prime Minister was also faced with questions about the role of Miss Symonds on Downing Street.

"The question on everyone's lips is," Who will she be looking for next? "It looks like the executive appointments now need to be approved by Carrie," said an insider.

"This is a dangerous path for the government."

Another adviser said the episode reflected poorly on the prime minister.

"It is disappointing that he failed to return the loyalty of his most loyal lieutenant when it got difficult," they said.

"The question arises who will make the decisions now."

Describing the series as' pathetic ', union leader Sir Keir Starmer said,' We are all concerned about our health and our families, we are all concerned about our jobs … and this lot is arguing behind the door of No. 10. & # 39;

Mr Cain's departure comes following the appointment of a new press secretary as prime minister.

Allegra Stratton will be conducting daily US-style televised media briefings on behalf of Mr. Johnson for the New Year.

Last week, Mr. Cain offered to resign, fearing it would put him out of circulation.

Mr Johnson urged him to keep going after relying on the former tabloid journalist. His previous duties included dressing up as a chicken to follow David Cameron on the campaign.

On Monday evening, the Prime Minister offered Mr. Cain the vacancy of Chief of Staff on Downing Street.

The move was supported by both Mr Cummings and Cabinet Secretary Simon Case, who argued that Mr Cain had served part of the role for months.

However, news of the appointment was relayed to the Mail – sparking angry backlash from high-profile Tories who feared it would further encourage a faction that despises the role of MPs.

Crucially, it also raised objections from Miss Symonds, who doesn't like Mr. Cain's aggressive style.

She told her fiancé that it was a "mistake" to promote him.

When the news of the behind the scenes series was released, Mr Cain decided his role was untenable.

He will stay in office until the end of the year, when he will be replaced as communications director by former mail journalist James Slack, who is currently Mr Johnson's official spokesperson.

The prime minister is reportedly keen to ditch the aggressive style of the election campaign and hopes to use televised briefings to reset the government's image after a bloody year.

Ministers have been sharply criticized for their handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has included a series of U-turns in everything from high school graduation to free school lunches.

Mr Cummings himself made headlines in May when he was forced to hold a press conference to justify his decision to drive more than 260 miles to Durham during the first national lockdown.

It comes as Torries predicted yesterday that Cummings might come out of Downing Street next today after an extraordinary civil war erupted that threatened to derail Boris Johnson's desperate fight for coronavirus control.

There are also allegations that Allegra Stratton, Downing Street's new on-screen press secretary, and senior aide Munira Mirza battled the move amid a major mutiny by Tory backers over lockdown guidelines and upset a number of degrading U-turns on issues such as free school meals during school holidays.

It would have meant that the prime minister's core circle was all male.

Mr Cummings came to work at # 10 this morning as usual, despite having lost the final tug of war for the Prime Minister's ear and blanking out questions about his own future.

But Senior Tories said it was clear that Mr. Cummings had No10 under control and would be leaving soon.

A cheering Conservative MP told MailOnline that "adults are back in control". "Vote Leave is gone!" They said.

A well-connected Tory peer said it was telling that special advisers had begun researching against Mr Cummings and suggested he could find an excuse to leave without losing face.

& # 39; A revolution is taking place. Things have clearly fallen apart, "they said.

Workers grabbed the shambolic scenes, saying the No. 10 officials were like "rats in a sack" and behaving "pathetically" as the country tried to weather its worst crisis in generations.

Ms. Stratton reportedly only agreed to take the job if she reported directly to the Prime Minister and not to Mr. Cain. He felt "completely undermined".

Mr Cain was apparently against her appointment and the couple hadn't spoken since she got in the role two weeks ago.

Tory MPs and advisers hailed the news as an opportunity to "roll back" after a "tribal and aggressive" first phase for the Johnson administration.

There had been a vicious reaction when it was found that Mr. Cain was on the top job yesterday. Angry politicians sniffed that it was a "Cain incapable" case and another minister said, "WTF ?!"

In his resignation statement, Mr. Cain acknowledged that he had been offered the powerful position – the allies insisted "basically be what he is doing anyway" – but after "careful consideration" he would leave at the end of the year.

He said, “After careful consideration, I resigned as communications director number 10 tonight and will be leaving the post by 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.

In a round of interviews this morning, Community Secretary Robert Jenrick tried desperately to downplay the situation and insisted that the government's focus was still on the deadly pandemic.

He told BBC Breakfast: “It is understandable that journalists in particular are interested in the personalities who work as consultants at 10 Downing Street.

& # 39; But the prime minister runs the government.

“He is surrounded by a good team, a strong team of consultants and of course the cabinet.

"Our only focus in government is trying to steer the country through the pandemic."

He told Sky News, “Ultimately, this is a person.

"The prime minister runs the government."

Cabinet minister Michael Gove – the former head of Mr Cummings and still a close ally – was challenged in the House of Commons, with which he had allied in the extraordinary spit.

SNP Cabinet Office spokesman Pete Wishart said the "faceless characters who actually rule this country at number 10 are on each other's necks".

Mr. Wishart asked, "Which side is he on – Doms or Carries?"

Mr Gove replied: “I am on the side of people from Aberdeen to Aberystwyth who voted to leave the European Union and want us as the United Kingdom to successfully use these new opportunities (Brexit).

Dominic Cummings

Carrie Symonds

Mr Cummings (pictured left today) had urged that his ally be promoted in the face of opposition from the Prime Minister's fiancée, Carrie Symonds (right), who warned that his appointment was "a mistake".

There are also allegations that Allegra Stratton, Downing Street & # 39; s new on-screen press secretary, was against the appointment

There are also allegations that Allegra Stratton, Downing Street & # 39; s new on-screen press secretary, was against the appointment

How PM's bullish state-trained "scouser" Lee Cain and his "lad gang" clashed with Carrie and her inner circle

He is the state-trained ex-journalist who once dressed up as a chicken to hunt David Cameron across the country but later became his successor's media supremo.

Lee Cain is a rare figure in the blue-blooded hierarchy of Operation # 10 of old Etonian Boris Johnson before he decided to quit as communications director last night.

His rise to a limited number of people by the Prime Minister's ear was tough, but he was a divisive figure whose bold style enabled him to make enemies among the well-heeled Tory politicians.

Mr Cain, who grew up in Ormskirk, a town in West Lancashire near Liverpool, has built a reputation for himself as a passionate Brexiteer over the past year and helped shape Mr Johnson's tough demeanor that led him to controversially proroging parliament to prevent MPs blocking a no-deal departure.

He was a key member of a coterie of Vote Leave boys installed in the heart of Downing Street when Mr Johnson took power in the summer of 2019.

After successfully starting the UK on its way to leaving the EU by winning the referendum in 2016, the hardcore of the minds behind the Brexiteer organization that Mr Johnson faced followed in 10th place.

The group's hardcore was a male quartet; Dominic Cummings, Cain, Oliver Lewis and Rob Oxley, also known as Dom, Caino, Sonic and Roxstar.

With a plan to completely disrupt internal operations on Downing Street, they formed an inner circle that was accused of restricting access to the prime minister and taking almost complete control of the levers of power.

This put them on a collision path with ministers and MPs as well as other advisors, especially when Brexit and then the coronavirus pandemic threatened to overwhelm the government.

And finally they got together to drive him away last night. And the graduate of Ormskirk Grammar and Stafford University was apparently evicted by a group that included Carrie Symonds, Mr. Johnson's privately educated fiancée.

"I know that the Scottish government is completely foreign to intrigue and briefing wars behind the scenes, so I can imagine his shock and astonishment when the papers report."

Mr Gove said the government continues to make decisions in the interests of the whole of the UK.

Commons chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg said Mr Cain's departure was a "loss to the government".

He told MPs, "May I just say what a fantastic civil servant he was, someone who was instrumental in making the campaign a success and someone who was a great contribution to this government."

The heartfelt declarations by Mr Cain and Mr Johnson masked the disorder at the heart of government, with warring factions on Downing Street vying for influence.

Mr Cummings, who has crammed the corridors of Number 10 with old allies from election leave, originally considered his position 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."

Another friend told the Times, “She knows he's performing the operation in an uncooperative manner where few people can get to him.

“There is no disagreement, he doesn't get any good advice. His top advisors lead him into the ground. & # 39;

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. Priti Patel's allies insisted she was not involved this week despite claims she had pushed against the move.

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.

On another layer of intrigue, No10 finds himself in the middle of a frantic hunt for the "talkative rat" who leaked news of the UK blanket lockdown before a final decision was made.

Munira Mirza (pictured left), 42, the highly respected political director of Downing Street, is also said to have opposed the promotion

James Slack (right) becomes the new communications director

Munira Mirza (pictured left), 42, the highly respected political director of Downing Street, is also said to have opposed the promotion. James Slack (right) becomes the new communications director

The leak late last month enraged Mr Johnson, who wanted to take a few days longer to see if the draconian measures were necessary. Instead, he had to call a press conference on Saturday night to confirm what would happen.

There are suggestions that ministers have now been excluded from the formal cabinet investigation with advisers in the crosshairs.

Top Tory backers said there had been long-standing concerns about Downing Street operations.

Sir Charles Walker, vice chairman of the 1922 Conservative MPs Committee, told BBC Radio 4's Today program: “I believe Operation 10 has been unfortunate for some time.

Members of Parliament felt left out of the decision-making process and that is no secret.

"The real chance is that the position of chief of staff will be filled by someone well connected to the Conservative Party and its representation in the House of Commons."

Former Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry – a longtime ally of Mr Johnson who fell out of favor earlier this year – said Prime Minister Johnson "stamped his Johnson authority" on Downing Street.

The Rossendale and Darwen MP told ITV's Good Morning Britain: “The departure of Lee Cain shows, I believe, that the Prime Minister is regaining control of his government.

“He's transitioning from a campaign operation to an operation that focuses solely on good government. I think it's a good move for the prime minister.

"If we pass this grim milestone of 50,000 deaths from this appalling disease, I think it will be high time for Number 10 to change the guard."

When asked if Ms. Symonds was against Mr. Cain's promotion, Mr. Berry said, "I made contact with people in the building, that is actually not quite my understanding of what happened."

He said Mr Johnson has a “renewed sense of mission” adding, “I think this is a good sign that he is moving away from a mere campaign government, an exit from the general election and then the Covid crisis, and really." Stamping his Johnson's authority over operation number 10. & # 39;

Sir Roger Gale said Mr Cummings was a "liability" and the Prime Minister needed a chief of staff in "big boy pants".

The veteran MP said: "The government, and Downing Street in particular, should focus all of its efforts on the pandemic and the Brexit final, and frankly this is a distraction that must not and must not happen, and the Prime Minister must get it under control.

"For my money, Cummings is a commitment, and what the Prime Minister needs and deserves is a first-rate chief of staff who is a serious heavyweight. I think the term used now is 'Big Boy Pants'."

Guto Harri, who worked with Mr Johnson at City Hall, said it was an opportunity for a "reset" when he was one of the most popular politicians in the country.

"It's an opportunity for a government that is more professional … and far less aggressive and tribal than ever before."

But Sir Keir Starmer took advantage of the chaos and told LBC radio that the country was going to scratch its head.

& # 39; That is pathetic. I think millions of people will wake up this morning scratching their heads and say what on earth is going on? & # 39; he said.

"We are in the middle of a pandemic, we are all worried about our health and our families, we are all worried about our jobs, and this lot is arguing behind the door of number 10.

'It's pathetic. Pull yourself together, focus on the job in hand. & # 39;

Downing Street bestand darauf, dass Herr Johnson trotz der Kämpfe innerhalb von Nr. 10, die zum Rücktritt von Herrn Cain führten, "absolut konzentriert" auf die Coronavirus-Pandemie bleibt.

Der offizielle Sprecher des Premierministers sagte: „Der Premierminister konzentriert sich voll und ganz auf die Bekämpfung des Coronavirus.

„Ich denke, Sie können die Fortschritte sehen, die wir bei der Einführung von Massentests, bei der Sicherung von Impfstoffen und auch bei der Verbesserung von Dingen wie Test und Trace erzielen.

"Ich denke, Sie können sehen, dass der Premierminister sich absolut darauf konzentriert, dieses Virus zu bekämpfen und die notwendigen Maßnahmen zu ergreifen, um diese R-Rate zu senken und die Infektionsrate wieder unter Kontrolle zu bringen."

Gedrückt, wenn die Erschütterung unter den leitenden Angestellten eine Ablenkung war, sagte er: "Sie haben vom Premierminister diese Woche gesehen, dass er sich absolut darauf konzentriert, alle Schritte zu unternehmen, die erforderlich sind, um das Land gegen das Coronavirus auszurüsten."

Die Krise hatte sich seit Wochen gebraut, und Herr Cain befürchtete, dass seine Rolle durch die Ankunft von Frau Stratton untergraben werden könnte, die im neuen Jahr im Namen von No10 tägliche Fernsehbesprechungen starten soll.

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 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.

Carrie Symonds hat die "wahre Macht in Nr. 10", sagen Körpersprachenexperten: "Der zerzauste" Boris Johnson "hat keine Autorität", während seine Verlobte "bei weitem die selbstbewussteste" ist und ihn wie einen "ungezogenen Schuljungen" beobachtet.

Carrie Symonds ist aufgestiegen, um "echte Macht in Nr. 10" zu halten, während ihr Premierminister-Verlobter Boris Johnson "zerzaust und ohne Anzeichen von Würde oder Autorität" geworden ist.

Die Analyse von Bildern und Videos des Paares hat laut Experten für Körpersprache und Beziehung einen Autoritätswechsel zwischen dem Paar gezeigt.

Einer sagte heute zu MailOnline: "Es ist, als ob sich das Machtgleichgewicht in ihrer Beziehung umgekehrt hat, was sich möglicherweise auch auf Boris 'professionelle Entscheidungsfindung auswirkt."

Der atemberaubende Rollenwechsel wurde gestern Abend durch einen Einflusskampf im Herzen der Downing Street entlarvt, als Frau Symonds offenbar gegen Lee Cains Ernennung zum Stabschef ein Veto einlegte und zurücktrat.

Es war weit entfernt von dem Eindruck, den sie bei ihren früheren Auftritten bei Mr. Johnson hatte, als sie weniger zuversichtlich wirkte und ihrem älteren Partner aufgeschoben wurde.

Und im Juli 2019, als sie sich vor der Downing Street mit Mitarbeitern anstellte, um den neuen Premierminister zu begrüßen, gab es kaum einen Hinweis auf die Macht, die sie ausüben würde.

Das jüngste Video des Paares für eine Preisverleihung zeigte jedoch, dass er „ein Auge auf ihn hat“ und Stärke zeigt, als er „wie ein ungezogenes Kind“ aussieht.

Sein heruntergekommener Auftritt bei der jüngsten Feier zum Gedenktag läutete ebenfalls Alarmglocken.

Carrie Symonds ist aufgestiegen, um "echte Macht in Nr. 10" zu haben, während ihr Premierminister-Verlobter Boris Johnson "zerzaust und ohne Anzeichen von Würde oder Autorität" geworden ist, sagten Experten für Körpersprache. "Carries Finger scheinen einen starken, entschlossenen Griff zu haben", was eine Geste des Besitzes war, während Boris 'Hand in "was wie Spannung aussieht" gekratzt war.

Carrie Symonds ist aufgestiegen, um "echte Macht in Nr. 10" zu haben, während ihr Premierminister-Verlobter Boris Johnson "zerzaust und ohne Anzeichen von Würde oder Autorität" geworden ist, sagten Experten für Körpersprache. "Carries Finger scheinen einen starken, entschlossenen Griff zu haben", was eine Geste des Besitzes war, während Boris 'Hand in "was wie Spannung aussieht" gekratzt war.

Die Expertin für Körpersprache, Judi James, sagte: "Carries fast siegreich aussehender Strahl mit geschlossenen Lippen direkt zur Kamera, die sie mit den Augen hält, registriert ein erhöhtes Selbstvertrauen."

Body language expert Judi James said: 'Carrie’s almost victorious-looking, closed-lip beam direct to the camera, which she holds with her eyes, registers increased confidence'

She said that Mr Johnson's hand is 'clawed in what looks like tension', adding that his part-smile 'suggests decreased confidence'

She said that Mr Johnson's hand is 'clawed in what looks like tension', adding that his part-smile 'suggests decreased confidence'

Boris Johnson looked 'dishevelled and lacking in any signals of dignity or authority', experts say

Boris Johnson looked 'dishevelled and lacking in any signals of dignity or authority', experts say

Body language expert Judi James told MailOnline: 'Dishevelled and lacking in any signals of dignity or authority, Boris sat slumped and looking physically awkward in his seat with one hand placed randomly on the side of the chair and his toes pointed inward like a small schoolboy.

'His grave demeanor and reflective, downcast gaze was appropriate for the occasion but he appeared physically uncomfortable, with no obvious signals of high status or leadership.

'Walking together with Carrie a few days earlier we were shown probably the first body language signals of their status as a couple as she confidently grabbed his arm and he reciprocated by bending his own.

'Carrie’s fingers appear to have a strong, determined grip here is a gesture of ownership while Boris’s hand is clawed in what looks like tension.

'Boris’s part-smile suggests decreased confidence while Carrie’s almost victorious-looking, closed-lip beam direct to the camera, which she holds with her eyes, registers increased confidence and a far more assured air than usual.'

Behavoural and dating psychologist Jo Hemmings said: 'What I think is so intriguing in their evolving relationship, is that while Carrie’s influence and confidence seems to have grown during their time together, Boris is much less self-assured.

'It’s as if the power balance in their relationship has reversed, which may well be spilling into Boris’s professional decision making as well.'

Carrie Symonds was 'gazing like a slightly doting but firm mother', 'the stronger of the two'

Carrie Symonds was 'gazing like a slightly doting but firm mother', 'the stronger of the two'

The video was said to have shown 'a strange looking relationship' with 'power signals from her'

The video was said to have shown 'a strange looking relationship' with 'power signals from her'

Ms Symonds was said to have discarded her ' previously demure, slightly boho look for a bold green dress'

Ms Symonds was said to have discarded her ' previously demure, slightly boho look for a bold green dress'

The new status quo was becoming evident in a video recorded for the Pride of Britain awards two weeks ago.

There Ms Symonds and Mr Johnson praised NHS frontline heroes, who saved his life when he contracted Covid-19.

But it featured a number of scrutinising looks from her to him as he spoke, as well as a number of unusual exclamations of the PM declaring 'exactly right' and 'correct'.

Judi said: 'She was gazing at him like a slightly doting but firm mother – she looks like the stronger one of the two

'She was keeping an eye on him, that he was the naughty schoolboy and she was giving a "behave yourself" eye on him.

'It was a strange looking relationship, but the power signals definitely come from her.

'I think what we misunderstand with Carrie because she looks younger than him, I think we underestimate her intellect in terms of politics and maybe her own ambitions and maybe her workplace power.

'I think we are used to seeing PM’s wives smiling innocently, with Carrie I think the body language shows she has got real power in Number 10.'

Ms Hemmings said the video showed Ms Symonds was uncomfortable and the climax of the change in power of the pair.

She said: 'Carrie looks by far the most confident of the two, discarding her previously demure, slightly boho look for a bold green dress and a couple of elegant necklaces.

'She seems to be looking at Boris, with a frown that is willing him to get through this informal chat without saying anything inappropriate or stumbling. Her rather defensive gesture of holding her arm nearest to Boris with her other hand, also reveals that she is not totally happy with this scenario.

'Boris looks much more uncomfortable here and also gives over a sense that this piece of filming just feels awkward for him. He seems more deferential to a rather glowing Carrie, rather than the other way around. Seemingly quite the reverse of the power dynamics between them only a year or so ago.'

The couple enthusiastically clapped their hands while applauding key workers but both were looking in different directions for most of the short appearance

The couple enthusiastically clapped their hands while applauding key workers but both were looking in different directions for most of the short appearance

This was the first time they had been seen together since the birth of their son Wilfred and after the PM had been treated for coronavirus

This was the first time they had been seen together since the birth of their son Wilfred and after the PM had been treated for coronavirus

At one point Ms Symond's gaze was completely focused outside the Downing Street gates

At one point Ms Symond's gaze was completely focused outside the Downing Street gates

In May they appeared again for a similar theme, applauding key workers on the weekly public outpouring of gratitude.

This was the first time they had been seen together since the birth of their son Wilfred and after the PM had been treated for coronavirus.

They enthusiastically clapped their hands but both were looking in different directions for most of the short appearance.

Judi said of the moment: 'Our first sightings of Boris and Carrie together after Boris went into No 10 suggested the kind of "High status alpha male and submissive female" double act body language signals that we normally see when a royal male first appears with his bride-to-be or even from Donald and Melania when he first took over as President.

'Boris often looked almost oblivious of Carrie, who would been seen walking in his wake and the only real rituals of togetherness came from Carrie, with little or no reciprocation of any touch or attempt to hold hands.'

Ms Hemmings said it had looked like two completely unconnected people standing outside.

She added: 'When they first clapped for carers, they stood some distance apart and she barely looked at her fiancée.

Of course, she was not applauding him, but staff NHS, nevertheless, I would have perhaps expected her to behave as if they were a more united couple, clapping together, whereas it looked more like two individuals clapping in front of that famous black door.'

In their earlier appearances Ms Symonds was said to 'dress in the style of a royal wife like Kate'

In their earlier appearances Ms Symonds was said to 'dress in the style of a royal wife like Kate'

A body language expert said 'Boris often looked almost oblivious of Carrie' early on this year

A body language expert said 'Boris often looked almost oblivious of Carrie' early on this year

The expert said Ms Symonds gave a 'caring glance, but let him be in the main spotlight'

The expert said Ms Symonds gave a 'caring glance, but let him be in the main spotlight'

Another earlier appearance saw the pair on March 9 at a Commonwealth Service in Westminster.

Judi said: 'Carrie even dressed in the style of a royal wife like Kate, with demure, long floral-print dresses.

'Initially it looked a bit like she was eclipsed by him with him the alpha male at the front.

'He used to ignore her basically and she would be the one that used to try and make contact. She looked very submissive to start with.'

Ms Hemmings said the couple looked more like Mr Johnson was the focus in this earlier outing.

She added: 'Carrie is looking a little happier and supportive of Boris, yet still keeping a rather nervous and deferential distance from her partner.

'She is giving him a caring glance, but letting him still clearly be in the main spotlight of events.'

One expert said Ms Symonds had looked like a 'member of staff' when the PM first arrived

One expert said Ms Symonds had looked like a 'member of staff' when the PM first arrived

The body language professional said she had now risen to power, adding: 'How better to get away with it and stay under the radar, wear a lot of floral dresses and smile sweetly?'

The body language professional said she had now risen to power, adding: 'How better to get away with it and stay under the radar, wear a lot of floral dresses and smile sweetly?'

Both experts agree Ms Symonds current position of apparent kingmaker in the wake of Mr Cain's sudden resignation is a world away from July last year.

There as her partner achieved his life dream of becoming Prime Minister, she appeared downbeat by his new role.

Ms Hemmings said: 'Carrie was still wearing her demure flowery frocks, looking a little overwhelmed, almost distressed with her downward glance, by the Downing Street move.'

Judi said she thought the emphasis was firmly on him at the start of their relationship as captured on camera.

She added: 'When Boris made his first triumphant return to Downing St as PM after his meeting with the Queen, the spotlight was kept fully on him while Carrie was positioned more as part of the Downing St backstairs staff, waiting in a line with other members of the Downing street team rather than greeting Boris on the steps or posing together like most PM’s partners.

'Watching these submissive-looking behaviour rituals it would be easy to have assumed that Carrie was very much the younger, less confident partner with no real role in the power hierarchy.

'Clearly anyone in No 10 at the moment they will be aware of where the bodies are buried.

'I think there has been a big power boost for her. How better to get away with it and stay under the radar, wear a lot of floral dresses and smile sweetly?'

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