Dominic Cummings absence explained

Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson’s key aide, has been absent from the government during its torrid last month after undergoing surgery.

The beleaguered PM’s powerful chief of staff, 48, was due to have an operation for an undisclosed condition last summer but he postponed the procedure twice to help Mr Johnson into Downing Street and then to win the general election and to oversee Brexit.

His absence has over-lapped with the Prime Minister’s holiday to Scotland and has also coincided with a tough period for the Government, who have been heavily criticised for their handling of the A Level and GCSE results as well as the confusion over whether to enforce the wearing of face masks in schools.

Cummings’ surgery has added to rumours that he may step down from his role within months.  It was reported in May in the Spectator that he could quit by the end of the year if he completes his reform of the civil service.

Cummings has faced huge public criticism for his trip to visit family in Durham at the start of the UK lockdown and his notorious trip to Barnard Castle to test his eye sight before returning to his London home.

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