Power struggle within UK PM’s private office

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) and Downing Street Director of Communications Lee Cain (L) leave 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 06 October 2020. [EPA-EFE/WILL OLIVER]

A power struggle in UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s private office has cost the PM his director of communications.

Lee Cain had been offered the post as Johnson’s chief of staff but instead announced his resignation on Thursday after a number of Conservative ministers and MPs, as well as Johnson’s fiancee Carrie Symonds, indicated their opposition to the planned appointment.

The episode underscores the level of dissatisfaction among the governing Tory party with Johnson’s team of its handling of the second wave of COVID-19.

Cain had worked with Dominic Cummings, now Johnson’s chief political advisor, on the Leave campaign during the EU referendum. (Benjamin Fox | EURACTIV.com)

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