Dominic Cummings


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Dominic Mckenzie Cummings (born 25 November 1971) is a British political strategist who has served as chief adviser to UK prime minister Boris Johnson since July 2019. From 2007 to 2014, he was a special adviser to Michael Gove, including the time that Gove served as Education Secretary, leaving when Gove was made Chief Whip in a cabinet reshuffle. From 2015 to 2016, Cummings was director of Vote Leave, an organisation which successfully executed the 2016 referendum campaign for Britain's exit from the European Union. After Johnson was appointed prime minister in July 2019, Cummings was appointed as Chief Adviser to the Prime Minister, a new role to replace the position of Downing Street Chief of Staff. Cummings had a contentious relationship with Chancellor Sajid Javid which culminated in Javid's resignation in February 2020 after he refused to comply with Cummings's request to dismiss his special advisers. In May 2020, two leaders of opposition parties called for Cummings to resign after it was reported that he travelled to his parents' farm in Durham during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. After Cummings gave the reasons for his journey at a press conference in the garden of 10 and 11 Downing Street, Prime Minister Johnson supported his chief adviser by saying Cummings had acted "responsibly, legally and with integrity". On 28 May 2020, Durham police said that they did not consider an offence was committed when Cummings travelled from London to Durham and that a minor breach might have occurred in travelling from there to Barnard Castle.

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Dominic Cummings was lurking in these parts 12.04.2020

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