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Boris Johnson accused Dominic Cummings of plotting against his fiancée before his chief advisor left Downing Street last night, according to reports.
The Prime Minister's chief adviser was seen leaving Number 10 carrying boxes on Friday evening.
According to one report, the Prime Minister was made aware of text messages that proved Cummings and Lee Cain had been briefing against Ms Symonds.
The Financial Times reports that Cain and Cummings had been ordered into Boris Johnson's office yesterday to discuss their "general behaviour."
During the 45-minute meeting, the PM accused both of vicious negative briefings to the press about his partner Carrie Symonds, telling them to "get out and never return", the newspaper says, although Number 10 are understood to have denied the claims.
The Sun reports a "livid" PM wanted Cain and Cummings out "sooner rather than later".
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds
(Image: Andrew Parsons / Parsons Media)
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But, a source with knowledge of the conversation told the Mirror that this version of events was "horses**t".
And a picture emerged which the source claimed was taken after the meeting, showing Cain enjoying a joke with the PM while both wore Johnson's "Get Brexit Done" boxing gloves.
At around 5pm, Cummings was seen leaving Number 10 through the front door, carrying an eye-catching cardboard box.
Dominic Cummings was reportedly asked to leave after a 'shouty' showdown
Dominic Cummings was seen leaving 10 Downing Street with a box yesterday night
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He and Lee Cain, who resigned as communications chief, will reportedly still be employed until the middle of next month.
Reports suggested Mr Cummings would be working from home on projects such as mass testing.
After Cummings was seen leaving Downing Street, Sir Edward Lister was announced as the interim chief of staff pending a permanent appointment.
The BBC reported that Mr Cummings' departure had been brought forward given the "upset in the team" and that the PM wanted to "clear the air and move on".
Tory backbenchers urged Number 10 to use the exit of the aide – whose mid-lockdown trip to Durham cemented his notoriety – as an opportunity to restore the values of "respect, integrity and trust".
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Sir Bernard Jenkin, chairman of the Commons Liaison Committee, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "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.
"I'm not surprised in a way that it is ending in the way it is. No prime minister can afford a single adviser to become a running story, dominating his Government's communications and crowding out the proper messages the Government wants to convey.
"Nobody is indispensable."
Lee Cain was also asked to leave yesterday, according to reports
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Asked about why Mr Cummings had left Downing Street, Mr David Davis said: "It is said… people ranging from Allegra – the new spokesman for the Prime Minister – right through to his (Mr Johnson's) fiancee, Carrie, turned against him.
"The relationship with the Prime Minister fell off a cliff. And once that's gone, it's gone."
Gavin Barwell, former chief of staff to then prime minister Theresa May, said Mr Cummings's 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."
Mr Cummings was regarded as being more powerful than most ministers, controlling the Government agenda on matters such as the 'Vote Leave' campaign ahead of Brexit.
Alongside Mr Cain, he had been accused by MPs, aides and Ms Symonds of destroying Mr Johnson’s premiership.