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Dominic Cummings: Reaction to departure of PM’s top adviser

Written by on 13/11/2020

Politicians from all sides have welcomed the departure of Boris Johnson’s senior adviser.

It includes MPs from within the Conservative camp, who had hailed the departure amid a bitter power struggle in Number 10 as a good opportunity for a party “reset”.

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The prime minister’s chief adviser is seen departing from Downing Street

Senior Tory MP Sir Bernard Jenkin

Earlier he said it is time to restore “respect, integrity and trust”, which he said have been “lacking in recent months” between Number 10 and Tory MPs.

“It’s an opportunity to reset how the government operates and to emphasise some values about what we want to project as a Conservative Party in government,” the chair of the Commons liaison committee told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“Nobody is indispensable.”

Tory peer and Theresa May’s ex-chief of staff Gavin Barwell

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.”

Liberal Democrats leader Ed Davey

He tweeted: “Not before time”.

Labour MP for Tottenham David Lammy

Mr Lammy said: “Donald Trump defeated and soon out of the White House.

“Vaccine breakthrough. Dominic Cummings carrying boxes out of Number 10.

“The crisis we are living through is catastrophic, but my god, it is good to feel hope once again.”

Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale

The former leader of the Liberal Democrats said: “Cummings may have gone, but let’s never forget that the worst part of the whole Barnard Castle affair was the way Conservative ministers shamelessly lined up to defend him saying ‘it’s what any loving father would have done’ while millions made huge sacrifices by staying at home.”

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage

The news was met with concern from pro-Brexit figures. Mr Farage said the move showed a “Brexit sell-out is close”.

He tweeted: “It is well documented that I have never liked Dominic Cummings but he has backed Brexit.

“Seeing him leave Number 10 carrying a cardboard box tells me a Brexit sell-out is close”.

 Sky News

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