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Dominic Cummings: The unelected official with enormous power in Downing Street


Sajid Javid quit rather than obey Boris Johnson’s demand to fire his aides, something understood to have been driven by Dominic Cummings, the prime minister’s senior adviser. So, what does Javid’s resignation tell us about Cummings’ power in Number 10 and why do people need to know who Cummings is? Professor of Politics, Professor Tim Bale said: “Because he is extremely influential over Johnson. He was the man who many credit with Leave winning in 2016 and with the strategy Johnson has pursued since taking over as PM. He is someone who believes the institution of British government is dysfunctional, hasn’t caught up with the 21st century, and needs reform. He believes Number 10 should have more control over the ministries that make up government, which means more control over ministers themselves and their special advisers.”

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