No 10 insists Dominic Cummings will be 'working from home' until Christmas

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's top aide Dominic Cummings leaves 10 Downing Street, London, with a bo

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's top aide Dominic Cummings leaves 10 Downing Street, London, with a box, following reports that he is set to leave his position by the end of the year. - Credit: PA

Dominic Cummings and Lee Cain will continue to work for the prime minister and Downing Street until mid-December, Number 10 has insisted.

Boris Johnson's senior adviser was seen leaving No 10 carrying boxes on Friday evening amid reports he had quit his post with immediate effect.

Cummings and Cain, who resigned as communications chief, will still be employed until the middle of next month, although reports suggested Cummings would be working from home.

Sir Edward Lister was announced as the interim chief of staff pending a permanent appointment.

The news came amid a bitter power struggle in No10 over the past few days, which started with the resignation announcement by Cummings’ fellow Vote Leave veteran Cain on Wednesday.

Gavin Barwell, former chief of staff to then-prime minister Theresa May, said Cummings’ departure was a “big moment”.

He tweeted: “Boris now has an opportunity to get a more harmonious, effective Downing Street operation (like he had at City Hall); improve relations with the parliamentary party; and lead a less confrontational, more unifying government that better reflects his own character.”

MORE: BBC News host mocks Dominic Cummings over Twitter responses

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