Boris Johnson's top aide Dominic Cummings left Downing Street for the last time tonight after dropping sensationally in a power struggle with Carrie Symonds.
Carrying a cardboard box, Top Adjutant Number 10 strolled out the famous black door and looked at the cameras in full glare after a brutal reckoning in which his closest ally Lee Cain fell on his sword after failing to secure the key role of Mr. Johnson's boss had from employees.
He was not supposed to leave his powerful post for more than a month, but after an afternoon meeting with the Prime Minister he left Downing Street.
Sources said both he and Mr Cain will continue to be employed by the government through mid-December, with Mr Cummings working from home on existing projects such as mass testing, which he is heavily involved in.
Downing Street said that Sir Edward Lister, a longtime advisor to Mr. Johnson, would become Chief of Staff "for an interim pending appointment as Chief of Staff".
Former Chancellor Sajid Javid was touted tonight for the coveted role that will bring him back to the upper echelons of government following his resignation in February.
Despite being a sitting MP, he is an ally of Ms. Symonds, who is reportedly leading a shift from Mr Cumming's Vote Leave group's aggressive campaign policies to a more coherent No10 operation.
Mr Cummings' departure was greeted by Tory MPs who were frustrated with the "incompetent" handling of the coronavirus crisis and clumsy U-turns on issues such as free school meals during the holidays.
One older Tory said, "I've never received so many emojis with champagne and wine glasses."
The Prime Minister's chief assistant decided to step into the full glory of Downing Street cameras tonight with a large box
The underdog chief assistant will be leaving Downing Street until Christmas after his closest ally Lee Cain brutally fell on his sword after failing to secure the key role of Mr Johnson's chief of staff
Boris Johnson (who is leaving Downing Street today) is believed to want to "reset" his administration with a new, "softer" image
A painting was also loaded into a van on Downing Street this afternoon
It came when a friend of Ms. Symonds was asked to fill the vacancy if it was filled. The Telegraph reported that former Chancellor Sajid Javid was hired for the role
Despite having several rear exits available to him, Mr. Cummings decided to leave # 10 by the front door, where the press pack was.
A former adviser said of Mr. Cummings' decision to go through the front door, "One such attention seeker."
Workers on Downing Street were also seen loading pictures into a van that afternoon. Mr. Cummings returned to his home in West London.
Cheering Tories reacted to the bombing events with the joy of "Vote Leave is left!", While a former adviser wiped out "Goodbye and Good Riddance". Senior MP Bernard Jenkin said it was an opportunity to "restore integrity and trust".
Sir Roger Gale, Senior Conservative Backbencher, told Times Radio, “I think the right thing happened – I think it's late. I've said for months that Dominic Cummings' position has been untenable since the Barnard Castle incident. And it becomes more untenable as it increasingly becomes history.
"When a prime minister is trying to deal with the biggest crisis since World War II and the Brexit negotiations, having a few schoolchildren arguing on Downing Street is simply not the answer."
He added: "I want the Prime Minister to see this as an opportunity to clean out the stall and join the team of people he really needs and deserves."
Gavin Barwell, former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Theresa May, tweeted: “Big moment: Boris now has the opportunity to achieve a more harmonious and effective operation on Downing Street (as he did at City Hall). Improving relations with the parliamentary party; and lead a less confrontational, more unified government that better reflects one's own character. & # 39;
The Telegraph reported that Mr. Javid would stand for the role of an eyebrow-raising appointment as Mr. Javid recently dropped out of No. 11 after Mr. Johnson supported his aide Cummings rather than his chief minister in a row through advisers.
For an MP who held one of the major foreign offices and recently got a lucrative second job at the US bank JP Morgan, this would be more of a resignation.
A source close to the former chancellor said: "Sajid thinks it is a good idea to find a seasoned chief of staff, but it is not a role he has ever been offered or considered for himself."
Replacing Mr Cummings with the former Chancellor would be revenge for the way Mr Javid lost his ministerial role in February.
The Bromsgrove MP, who last year challenged Mr. Johnson for the Tory leadership before becoming its chief minister, received an ultimatum from the prime minister to accept that his political advisers will be ousted and replaced by Cummings loyalists to stay in # 11.
Mr Cummings had been particularly angry at the Treasury Department over a series of briefings and leaks accused of the "rogue" staff at No. 11.
The hot spots included the March budget, a "villa tax" and Mr. Javid's determination to move the HS2 rail link forward.
Instead of capitulating, Mr. Javid decided to leave and was replaced by his deputy, Rishi Sunak.
There have been allegations in Brussels that the relocation could increase the chances of the prime minister compromising to get a post-Brexit trade deal across the line.
There is speculation that other key aides close to Mr Cummings might choose to go out as Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove sees his influence waning as he lost a key backer in # 10.
It is now believed that Mr Johnson is seeking to temper the government's image and restore his reputation as a One Nation Tory, encouraged by Ms. Symonds – herself a veteran political operator and former media director at CCHQ. It is expected that there will be a greater emphasis on environmental issues and a less combative stance in the overhaul of the civil service and the BBC – issues that Mr Cummings has advocated.
However, skepticism reigns on his own benches as to whether Mr Johnson will take command for much longer, despite winning a historic majority in the elections less than a year ago. When asked if Mr Johnson would fight in the next election, a senior MP told MailOnline, "Good God, no."
The departure of Mr. Cummings and the ongoing turbulence in # 10 were as follows:
- Spin doctor Lee Cain resigned Wednesday evening after being banned from Boris Johnson's chief of staff when Carrie Symonds raised her concerns. She was supported by the new official spokeswoman for the Prime Minister Allegra Stratton and his political director Munira Murza.
- Dominic Cummings held several crisis meetings with the Prime Minister and filed his own resignation yesterday afternoon when the Vote Leave faction on Downing Street lost an internal power struggle.
- The redesigned No10 could mean a softer approach to dealing with Tory MPs, a stronger focus on green issues and attempts to improve relations with decentralized governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- Ministers were shocked when the number of coronavirus cases rose 46 percent on Thursday. There were 33,470 daily cases in the UK yesterday – but Mr Johnson is set to start looking beyond the pandemic.
- Mr Cummings' exit date is not set, but he is expected to leave the company when Brexit is over and his work on mass testing is done.
Dominic Cummings, pictured today in Westminster, is expected to leave his current role before Christmas
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 Wednesday night after Mr. Johnson's change of heart. He was Mr. Johnson's communications director
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
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
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 (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 at a memorial service in Whitehall on Sunday – has become a force to be reckoned with on Downing Street
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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 be the face of Boris Johnson's new US-style TV press conference
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
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.
The chief assistant has been close to resigning since Lee Cain, # 10 communications director, left on Wednesday.
However, government sources indicated that yesterday afternoon he reiterated his intention to step down in a crisis meeting with Mr Johnson.
Mr. Cummings referred to a blog post in January in which he expressed a wish that his job would be "redundant" by the end of the year.
But a Downing Street insider said he "jumped because he would soon be pushed" and claimed his Vote Leave team was only "in for themselves."
There are allegations that Mr Johnson was becoming increasingly frustrated in meetings with his mercury assistant referring to his infamous London to Durham tour during the lockdown, trying to find childcare while his family self-isolated with coronavirus symptoms.
But the Vote Leave Camp has complained that the Prime Minister keeps changing his mind after lobbying Ms. Symonds as he returns to her Downing Street apartment one night.
"Part of the problem is that everyone comes to an agreement, then they go up to # 11 at night and everything changes," a source in the camp told The Times. "He's talking to Carrie, he's talking to her friends, and his position is changing."
Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said Mr Cummings was "missing" but wiped out that "advisers come and go".
Mr Shapps told Sky News, "As he wrote in his own words earlier this year, he planned to make himself largely redundant this year as the big thing he was working on was, of course, Brexit, to one End came ends at the end of the transition period, which is December 31st.
“Of course, the other big thing is that we can do the mass testing to introduce this virus. Both things are on the horizon now in the near future.
"He will be missed but on the other hand we are entering another phase and the Brexit will be, we have already left Europe but the transition phase will be over and things will go on and advisors come and go."
Sir Bernard, chairman of the powerful Commons Liaison Committee, told BBC Radio 4's Today program that the news was "an opportunity to reset the way the government works and to highlight some values about what we as the Conservative party want to project into government."
“I would suggest that there are three words that need to become the buzzwords in Downing Street – they are respect, integrity and trust.
“There was certainly a very strong sense of purpose in the relationship between the Downing Street Machine and the Parliamentary Party that has been missing over the past few months.
"Now we hope that the Prime Minister will select people around him who will help him restore that relationship."
He added, “I'm not surprised that it ends up the way it is. No prime minister can afford a single adviser to become an ongoing story that dominates his government's communications and suppresses the right messages the government wants to convey.
"Nobody is indispensable."
However, there is considerable doubt on the Tory Banks as to whether Mr Johnson can turn the tanker.
A senior Tory MP told MailOnline that his tenure was marked by "flip-flops and lack of security" while Rishi Sunak waited in the starting blocks.
"There's too much of the incompetent … it's like an open microphone night at times," they said.
The MP continued, “I think he's a bit like Gordon Brown. I want it, I have it, I don't know what to do with it. I think he's crazy.
I recently spoke to three cabinet members who all at the start of this session thought he would be there for ten years. Now they say he will be there for 10 months. & # 39;
The MP suggested that dire Tory local and mayoral election results in May against a “motivated and revitalized” Labor Party could be a catalyst, saying the prospect of another independence referendum in Scotland – where polls suggest so he is very unpopular – could also be a factor.
“I think the Prime Minister is passionate about the union. The destruction of Britain would hurt him, ”said the Tory.
"Johnson is either going to leave because the party is scared or he's going to do a Harold Wilson and announce he's stepping down."
A well-connected Tory peer told MailOnline, “I've always fallen into the category that he wouldn't fight in the next election.
& # 39; He's not that kind of person. He has a short attention span. I just can't see him wanting to move on. It's just not his style.
& # 39; He did what he wanted. I think he will see the difficulties and certainly the views of the MEPs in the north at the moment and certainly of the Scots. & # 39;
They added that Mr Johnson has so far benefited from practical difficulties in conspiring against him, but that would change as the pandemic subsides.
"The only luck he's had with the coronavirus is that MPs can't sit in parliament and talk to each other," the peer said.
For 16 months, Mr. Cummings, the most influential advisor to Mr. Johnson, has pulled the lever in the heart of government – but has also been accused of "looking like a tyrant" at times.
His departure, and that of his colleague, Mr Cain, will set the stage for a more consensus-based approach focusing on green issues that Ms. Symonds is advocating.
Mr Johnson should now look to the life of Mr Cummings and build a "more liberal, global Britain".
A senior Tory told The Times: “He (Mr. Johnson) was frustrated with the way these people worked at times. You can do things stupidly.
Another said of Mr. Cummings' abrasive style, "There is an acknowledgment that we need to reset relationships".
However, there are concerns that the change could fundamentally change the government's core policies.
Mr Cummings has pushed for civil service reform, condemning the lack of expertise among civil servants and allegedly threatening a "hard rain" to mess things up.
He has also been an advocate for a revision of the Shambolic Defense Procurement System, as well as radical changes to the BBC, its governance and funding model.
Senior figures in Brussels today rejoiced that the news could be the start of an ascent to reach a post-Brexit trade deal.
Talks between the two sides are deadlocked and an agreement is taking less than a week to reach before the end of the transition period on January 1st.
But No10 flatly denied that today the approach has changed.
& # 39; Absolutely not. That's just wrong, "said the Prime Minister's spokesman. "The government's position on future trade agreement negotiations is unchanged."
Before the confirmation of Mr Cummings' exit was announced last night, his allies already predicted that he would prepare to follow Mr Cain out the door after the December 31st Brexit transition period.
A source said: "This will loosen Dom's hold on the government and expedite his departure.
"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's done, he won't hang around anymore."
Mr. Cummings had urged Mr. Cain to be promoted to the role of Chief of Staff as he did not want the job himself, but the move was refused by Ms. Symonds.
Mr Cummings made one last attempt to get another ally, Cleo Watson, to the post, but this was also put down by the Prime Minister, according to Times Radio.
The chief assistant has not explicitly confirmed that he has resigned and told the BBC: "Rumors of my impending resignation are being fabricated."
However, when he was pressured to resign until Christmas, he said, "My position has not changed since my January blog."
The blog post, which attracted attention for calling for "madmen and outsiders" to run for government jobs, states, "We want to improve performance and make myself a lot less important – and largely redundant within a year."
Mr Cummings' attention to these remarks last night has been interpreted as a strong signal of his intention to resign soon.
His departure will loosen the grip of the group's advisory group within number 10.
It is believed that Mr. Johnson has been deeply unimpressed by, and will take advantage of, Mr. Cumming's allies' briefings and backroom plans for the past few days the shock of his top team to drop the aggressive style of the Vote Leave campaign.
He hopes to use television briefings to reset the government's image after a bloody year.
It will also usher in a more "liberal" agenda to be implemented after the pandemic.
A source on Downing Street told The Times that the prime minister was looking forward to "building a liberal, global Britain."
No10 had previously denied claims that Mr. Cummings would be quitting next year as "speculation".
But after his departure, other high-profile figures are on the alert, including Ms. Watson, Oliver Lewis – known as "Sonic" – and data guru Ben Warner.
A source said last night that while Brexit envoy Lord Frost was unhappy with Mr Cain's departure, he would not stop as talks with Brussels enter the final stages.
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.
But she was not Mr Cain's choice, it was apparently approached directly by the Prime Minister even though she had not applied for the job. Seeking a change of tone by the government, Ms. Stratton is reported to have requested that she report directly to Mr. Johnson rather than his director of communications.
Fearing he might get out of hand, Mr. Cain offered to resign last week.
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.
Who else could follow Cummings out the door?
Many of the oldest people on Downing Street owe their loyalty to Dominic Cummings from the days of voting leave.
Lee Cain's resignation on Wednesday night had already caused deep frustration.
And there are fears that some might follow Mr. Cummings out the door after he signals his departure.
These include consultants Cleo Watson, Oliver Lewis – known as "Sonic" – and data guru Ben Warner.
A source has said that while Brexit envoy Lord Frost was unhappy with Mr Kain's departure, he has no intention of stopping as talks with Brussels enter the final stages.
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.
Also crucial was the anger of Ms. 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. However, unlike Mr Cain, who was a political appointment, he remains a civil servant.
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 distracted 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. & # 39;
The Prime Minister was also faced with questions about the role of Ms. Symonds on Downing Street.
"The question on everyone's lips is," Who will she be looking for next? "… it looks like executive appointments need to be approved by Carrie now," 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 makes the decisions now?"
Treasury Department Special Adviser Sonia Khan reportedly settling up to £ 100,000 with the government after she was fired by Dominic Cummings and marched off Downing Street by armed police
A financial advisor sacked by Dominic Cummings, the boss of Loner # 10, and marched out of Downing Street by police, is said to be receiving a five-figure payout.
Sonia Khan was punished dramatically in August 2019 after she was accused of being in contact with people close to her former boss, Philip Hammond.
An extraordinary showdown with Mr. Cummings at # 10 ended with the Chancellor's adviser leaving the building, still protesting her innocence.
Mr Cummings apparently requested that both Ms. Khan's phones be inspected before he immediately dismissed her.
In a letter for the then Federal Chancellor Sajid Javid, who stopped Ms. Khan at No. 10 after the takeover of Mr. Hammond, he was only informed after the dramatic events.
There has been a major exodus of advisors from Whitehall since Mr Johnson installed Mr Cummings as his chief assistant, with full powers to mobilize the government machine to secure Brexit.
A former adviser told MailOnline at the time that Mr Cummings was increasingly "looking like a tyrant" and said his behavior raised questions for the Prime Minister.
Ms. Khan had built a solid reputation as an operator in Westminster since joining Mr. Hammond in 2018. She previously worked for former Cabinet Secretary Liam Fox and the TaxPayers' Alliance campaign group.
Describing the series as “pathetic”, union leader Sir Keir Starmer said, “We are all worried about our health and our families, we are all worried about our jobs … and this lot is arguing behind No. 10. & # 39;
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 Tories predicted yesterday that Cummings might come out of Downing Street next today after an extraordinary public war that threatened to derail Boris Johnson's desperate struggle 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.
Labor has picked up on the shambolic scenes, claiming that No. 10 officials were like "rats in a sack" and behaved "pathetically" as the country tried to tackle 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.
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;
There are also allegations that Allegra Stratton, Downing Street & # 39; s new on-screen press secretary, was against the appointment
Who could take Dom's coat as the Prime Minister's chief assistant?
Dominic Cummings' departure will leave a huge hole in the head of government.
Here are some of the runners and drivers slated to become the Prime Minister's new chief assistant.
The Australian, considered a thought leader of the 2019 election campaign, used to work for Boris Johnson's key ally, Sir Lynton Crosby.
However, he works lucratively in the private sector and may not be seen as the best candidate to reconnect with Tory MPs.
Another highly respected political brain, Ms. Mirza, has long worked with Mr. Johnson and would have considerable support from many conservatives who believe she has good instincts.
The election of many senior MPs and another product of the Lynton Crosby political machine. He is a conservative activist and is considered a solid Brexiter.
The former Spad was drafted as the main actor in the elections and is considered a qualified operator.
But he has a very successful consulting business, and his background with Vote Leave could speak against him given the obvious desire for a "reset".
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).
"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.
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 promotion of Lee Cain was assisted by Mr Cummings, whose close relationship with Mr Cain has been a source of hostility among Members
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
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.
"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.
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.
Is Gove out in the cold now? The loss of Cummings leaves Boris Johnson's old "enemy" behind his allies
Boris Johnson's old political "enemy" Michael Gove looks increasingly isolated today following the resignation of Dominic Cummings, one of his closest and oldest allies.
Mr Cummings and the Cabinet Office Secretary have long worked together across governments and, perhaps most importantly, as the brains behind the 2016 election campaign.
But No. 10 Svengali's decision last night to jump ship after losing a political power struggle over the prime minister leaves Mr Gove's friends missing in government.
His relationship with Mr Johnson is complex – the Surrey Health MP was promoted when the Prime Minister took power in July 2019.
He gave the former Minister of Education and the Environment an important role – particularly on Brexit – despite the former journalist who stabbed him in the back on his 2016 leadership offer and announced his own challenge while leading the indictment of Mr Johnson.
Mr Gove, who was brought back to the cabinet by Theresa May, ran again against Mr Johnson for the party leadership in the summer of 2019, but again failed to reach the final runoff election.
With No10 in the hands of Johnson loyalists and his fiancée Carrie Symonds, the cabinet secretary has lost a key board of his quiet power base.
"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."
Mr. Cain is one of the most trusted advisors to Mr. Johnson, who has been by his side since 2017 when he left Theresa May's Downing Street facility 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.
What's next for the Svengali from No. 10? "Career Psychopath" Dominic Cummings could make millions as a consultant or scrapbooking after his tumultuous spell as PM's top aide
But he resigned after eight months, frustrated by the "incompetent" leadership of his boss. Cummings then led the successful 2004 campaign against the establishment of a regional assembly in the Northeast, winning with 78 percent of the vote.
From 2007 he was appointed special advisor to Conservative politician Michael Gove in the Department of Education before being fired in 2014 by David Cameron, who once referred to Cummings as a "career psychopath".
He quickly became known for his dull style and criticism of other high-ranking politicians when he described Nick Clegg's proposal for free school meals as "a dream on the back of a cigarette pack".
While serving as Special Adviser to Mr Gove, a senior officer received a payout of £ 25,000 in 2012 in a bullying case against Cummings and a senior member of Gove's team.
When Mr. Gove became Minister of Education, the couple ran the department as an autonomous wing of government, redesigning curricula, planning more academies, and establishing free schools.
As of 2015, Cummings was the force behind the election campaign that led the UK to back Brexit in 2016.
During the campaign, he first appeared as a public figure and developed the winning slogan Take Back Control.
While Boris Johnson and Michael Gove were in the spotlight, the 47-year-old stayed in the shadows and pulled the strings. He saw a campaign that totally outperformed Remain and that is widely credited with leading to the 52-48 result in favor of the Abort.
This was his central role played by Benedict Cumberbatch in Channel 4's Brexit: The Uncivil War. In the 2020 revival of Spitting Image, he is portrayed "as a creepy alien with a pulsing head drooling over the prospect of eating Boris Johnson's baby."
Mr Cummings was named Johnson's No. 10 Chief Official when he became Prime Minister in July 2019, despite undermining his bid for the Tory leadership in 2016 by treacherous support for Gove's candidacy, by surprise to many Tories.
For Johnson, who was ambitious to use Brexit to revolutionize and modernize Britain, having a rule breaker on board was vital.
Johnson's first offers to Cummings to join him on Downing Street were turned down. So Johnson cycled via Islington in north London to Cummings' house to hear what he called the list of "terrorist claims".
Johnson quickly admitted and made Cummings his most important collaborator when he became Prime Minister.
Dominic Cummings, Special Advisor to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, arrives to Downing Street in May before signing Covid-19
Always the strategist, Cummings stood in the corner of the hall at number 10 to be caught by the cameras when Boris Johnson made his triumphant first entry after seeing the Queen.
As Cummings intended, many Tory Brexiters were appalled. “If we had known Cummings was coming,” said Bill Cash, “it would have been a lot of fear. I was against Vote Leave because of Cummings. & # 39;
When Tory MP Greg Clark, a Remainer, called Cummings to discuss a truce, he was told, “When will you, as MPs, find out that we are leaving on October 31st? We will clean you! & # 39;
Cumming's priority was getting Brexit done. Britain, as its boss had promised, would leave the EU by October 31, 2019. "Nothing will stand in the way of that," he swore.
In the crash-and-burn tactic he developed, the Svengali No. 10 would enjoy a political and constitutional crisis if he reached a disorderly Brexit and then held a parliamentary election to win a Tory majority under the banner of “People v Parliament & # 39 ;.
What followed was Cummings' high risk strategy of Johnson controversially promulgating Parliament, 21 Tory MPs losing the whip and others in open conflict with Downing Street.
In a blog he called the European research group, which was fervently anti-EU, "narcissistic delusions" and "useful idiots" whose intransigence "only helped Remain".
"During the referendum, so many of you were too busy shooting, skiing or chasing girls to actually work," he added.
"You should be treated like a metastatic tumor and cut out of British body politics."
When Cummings urged Johnson to keep his cool, the tactic paid off. Britain left the EU – and in 1983 the Tories won their largest Commons majority since Margaret Thatcher.
Since his return to the front line of politics, Cummings has had officials in his crosshairs ranging from proposals to abolish the Department of International Development, to hiring the Department of Justice, to removing procurement responsibilities from the Department of Defense.
And every one of his utterances, blog posts or tweets was revised by a Whitehall who despised his determination to "professionalize" the advice given to ministers.
Last year he posted a bizarre job ad asking "super talented lunatics" to apply for work at number 10.
On his personal blog, Mr. Cummings has plans for a Downing Street shake-up in which math and physics graduate students meet "madmen and outsiders with strange abilities" and people who have "fought their way out of appalling hellholes", would mix.
Mr Cummings warns the recruits that if you don't fit he will fire you within weeks, adding, "Don't complain later because I've got it clear now."
Cummings demanded personal loyalty from every political assistant. “If you don't like the way I run things,” he called at a meeting, “there is the door. F *** off! & # 39;
Some were released. One of them was Sonia Khan, a Treasury Department media adviser who was escorted by armed police from Downing Street after a confrontation with Cummings over her contact with those close to former Chancellor Philip Hammond.
She is expected to receive a payout of £ 100,000, it was reported today.
David Cameron referred to him as a "career psychopath" after an interview in which Cummings destroyed the Department of Education's competence while accusing a Tory prime minister who "stumbles from one rubble to another for no sense".
Still rowdy on Cameron's aide, he called spin doctor Sir Craig Oliver "just clueless" and described chief of staff Ed Llewellyn as "a classic third rate sucker, kick-down sycophant presiding over a shambolic court". He was no kinder to Tory MPs; Former Brexit Secretary David Davis was "gossamer".
Asked about Mr. Johnson's top aide in September, Mr. Cameron said, “I've fired him twice, but he kept coming back. We didn't really get along, but he's a great man, I mean, he's very smart, he's very capable. & # 39;
Carrie Symonds has "the real power in # 10," say body language experts: "The disheveled" Boris Johnson "has no authority," while his fiancée is "by far the most confident" and watches him like a "naughty schoolboy."
By Dan Sales for MailOnline
Carrie Symonds rose to hold "real power in No. 10" while her prime minister fiancé Boris Johnson has become "disheveled and with no sign of dignity or authority".
Analysis of pictures and videos of the couple has shown a shift in authority between the couple, according to body language and relationship experts.
One told MailOnline today, "It's as if the balance of power in their relationship has reversed, which may also affect Boris & # 39; s professional decision-making."
The stunning role shift was exposed last night by a struggle for influence in the heart of Downing Street when Ms. Symonds apparently vetoed and resigned Lee Cain's appointment as chief of staff.
It was a far cry from the impression she had on her previous appearances on Mr. Johnson, when she looked less confident and was being put off on her older partner.
And in July 2019, when she lined up with staff on Downing Street to greet the new Prime Minister, there was little hint of the power she would wield.
However, the couple's most recent video for an awards ceremony revealed that he "kept an eye on him" and showed strength when he looked "like a naughty kid."
His shabby appearance at the recent Memorial Day celebration also rang alarm bells.
Carrie Symonds rose to hold "real power in No. 10" while her prime minister fiancé Boris Johnson has become "disheveled and with no show of dignity or authority," body language experts said. "Carrie's fingers seem to have a strong, determined grip," which was a gesture of possession, while Boris' hand was scratched into "what looks like tension".
Body language expert Judi James said: "Carrie's almost victorious-looking, closed lip beam directly at the camera she is holding with her eyes registers increased self-confidence."
She said that Mr. Johnson's hand "is scratched into what looks like tension" and added that his partial smile "indicates decreased self-confidence".
Boris Johnson looked "disheveled and with no sign of dignity or authority," experts say
Body language expert Judi James told MailOnline: “Boris sat disheveled and with no sign of dignity or authority. He sat slumped and looked physically awkward in his seat. One hand happened to be on the side of the chair and its toes pointed inward like a little student.
& # 39; His serious demeanor and thoughtful, dejected look were appropriate for the occasion, but he appeared physically uncomfortable with no obvious signs of high status or leadership.
When we dated Carrie a few days earlier, we were probably shown the first body language signals of their status as a couple when she confidently grabbed his arm and he reciprocated by bending his own.
& # 39; Carrie's fingers seem to have a strong, determined grip. This is a gesture of possession while Boris & # 39; Hand is scratched into what looks like tension.
"Boris' partial smile indicates a lower self-confidence, while Carrie's almost victorious-looking, closed lip beam directly at the camera she is holding with her eyes registers increased self-confidence and far safer air than usual."
Behavioral and dating psychologist Jo Hemmings said, “What I find so fascinating about their developing relationship is that Carrie's influence and confidence seem to have grown during their time together, but Boris is much less confident.
"It is as if the balance of power in their relationship has reversed, which may also affect Boris & # 39; professional decision-making."
Carrie Symonds looked "like a slightly infatuated but firm mother", "the stronger of the two".
The video is said to have shown "a strange looking relationship" with "current signals from her".
Ms. Symonds is said to have discarded her "previously reserved, slightly boho look for a bold green dress".
The new status quo was made clear in a video filmed two weeks ago for the Pride of Britain Awards.
There Ms. Symonds and Mr. Johnson praised the NHS frontline heroes who saved his life when he signed Covid-19.
But there were a number of scrutinizing looks from her at him as he spoke, as well as a number of unusual exclamations from the Prime Minister declaring "just right" and "right".
Judi said: “She looked at him like a slightly infatuated but firm mother – she looks like the stronger of the two
& # 39; She kept an eye on him that he was the naughty student and she gave him a & # 39; behave yourself & # 39; eye on him.
& # 39; It was an odd looking relationship, but the power signals are definitely coming from her.
“I guess what we get wrong with Carrie because she looks younger than him. I think we underestimate their intellect about politics and maybe their own ambitions and maybe their power in the workplace.
"I think we're used to seeing PM's women smile innocently. With Carrie, the body language shows that she has real power in number 10."
Ms. Hemmings said the video showed Ms. Symonds was feeling uncomfortable and was the culmination of the couple's power change.
She said, “Carrie looks by far the most confident, ditching her previously low-key, slightly boho look for a bold green dress and a pair of sleek necklaces.
She seems to be looking at Boris with a frown that makes him ready to make it through this informal chat without saying anything inappropriate or stumbling. Her more defensive gesture of holding her arm closest to Boris with the other hand also shows that she is not entirely satisfied with this scenario.
& # 39; Boris looks a lot more uncomfortable here and also gives the feeling that this filming just feels uncomfortable for him. He seems to be more deferential to a rather luminous Carrie than the other way around. Seemingly the opposite of the performance dynamics between them about a year ago. & # 39;
The couple clapped their hands enthusiastically as they applauded the key workers, but both searched in different directions for most of the brief appearance
This was the first time they were seen together since the birth of their son Wilfred and after the Prime Minister was treated for coronavirus
At one point Ms. Symond's gaze was completely focused on the gates of Downing Street
In May they reappeared on a similar topic and applauded the key workers for the weekly public gratitude.
This was the first time they were seen together since the birth of their son Wilfred and after the Prime Minister was treated for coronavirus.
They clapped their hands enthusiastically, but both looked in different directions for most of the brief appearance.
Judi said of the moment, & # 39; Our first sightings of Boris and Carrie together after Boris entered # 10 indicated the nature of & # 39; High status alpha males and submissive women 'that we normally see when a royal man first shows up with his future bride or even Donald and Melania when he first took office as president.
"Boris often looked almost unsuspectingly at Carrie who was seen in his entourage, and the only real rituals of togetherness came from Carrie with no return of touch or attempt to hold hands."
Ms. Hemmings said it looked like two completely disconnected people were standing outside.
She added: “The first time they clapped for carers, they were some distance from each other and she barely looked at her fiancée.
Of course she didn't applaud him, but the NHS staff, but I might have expected her to act like they were a united couple clapping together while it looked more like two people in front of that famous black door clap. & # 39;
In her previous appearances, Ms. Symonds was told to dress in the style of a royal woman like Kate.
A body language expert said Boris often barely noticed Carrie earlier this year
The expert said Ms. Symonds cast a "caring look" but left him in the spotlight.
Another previous appearance saw the couple on March 9th at a Commonwealth service in Westminster.
Judi said, “Carrie even dressed herself in the style of a royal woman like Kate, with low-key, long dresses with floral prints.
& # 39; At first it looked a bit like she was dwarfed by him with the alpha male on the front lines.
“He basically ignored her and she was the one who tried to contact her. She looked very submissive at first. & # 39;
Ms. Hemmings said the couple looked more like Mr. Johnson was the focus of this earlier outing.
She added, “Carrie looks a little happier and more supportive to Boris, but still keeps a rather nervous and deferential distance from her partner.
"She gives him a caring look, but still clearly lets him stand at the center of events."
An expert said Ms. Symonds looked like a "co-worker" when the Prime Minister arrived
The body language pro said she had now come to power, adding, "What better way to get away with this and stay under the radar, wearing lots of floral dresses and smiling sweetly?"
Both experts agree that Ms. Symond's current position as the ostensible kingmaker after Mr. Cain's sudden resignation is a world outside of July last year.
When her partner realized his lifelong dream of becoming Prime Minister, she was dejected from his new role.
Ms. Hemmings said, "Carrie was still wearing her restrained flowery dresses and looked a little overwhelmed, almost alarmed by the way she looked down as she moved down Downing Street."
Judi said she thought the emphasis was firmly on him at the beginning of their relationship when she was caught on camera.
She added, “When Boris triumphantly returned to Downing Street as Prime Minister for the first time after meeting the Queen, he was in the spotlight while Carrie was positioned more as part of the Downing Street staff in the background and in line with others waited members of the Downing Street team instead of greeting Boris on the steps or posing together like most PM partners.
“When you look at these submissive looking behavioral rituals, it's easy to assume that Carrie is the younger, less confident partner who doesn't really play a role in the hierarchy of power.
“Obviously everyone in # 10 will know where the bodies are buried right now.
“I think there has been a big boost in strength for her. What better way to get away with it and stay under the radar, wearing lots of floral dresses and smiling sweetly? & # 39;
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