Dominic Cummings to ‘leave Downing Street job by Christmas’, govt source claims

Dominic Cummings, the prime minister's most senior aide is set to leave Downing Street by Christmas, according to reports.

Mr Cummings had faced calls to resign earlier in the year after allegedly breaking coronavirus rules to travel across the country during the nation's first lockdown.

He had already pledged to make himself "largely redundant" by the end of the year.

The BBC reports he is expected to leave his senior aide role ahead of December 25, citing a senior government official.

His job came into question earlier this week when Lee Cain, who worked with Mr Cummings on Brexit's Vote Leave campaign, resigned from his post.

However, Mr Cummings pushed back on claimed he had also offered to step down alongside him.

He reportedly told the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg “rumours of me threatening to resign are invented, rumours of me asking others to resign are invented".

The top aide received backlash in May when he was accused of having broken government rules by driving up to County Durham with his family while sick.

He gave a rare public televised statement after it was reported he travelled from his home in London while showcasing Covid-19 symptoms, a journey that included a drive to the town of Barnard Castle which he later said was to 'test his eyesight'.

Despite the calls for him to resign, he remained in his role and Boris Johnson acted on his behalf, saying that he had "acted responsibly and legally and with integrity."

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