Dominic Cummings axed over texts calling Boris Johnson’s fiancee ‘Princess Nut Nuts’

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Top aide Dominic Cummings was axed after Boris Johnson’s fianceé was nicknamed Princess Nut Nuts.

Boris flipped after Carrie Symonds revealed texts showing the Cummings faction was using the cruel moniker.

The PM ordered his aide and sidekick Lee Cain to get out of No10.

Asked about the Nut Nuts nickname, Cain, 38, told the Sunday Mirror: “I’m staying out of it.”

He and Vote Leave guru Cummings have told friends they were frustrated at Carrie – a former Tory Party comms boss – sending up to 25 texts an hour to Boris with her opinions.

But it was blonde assassin Carrie who had the last laugh as a friend revealed: “She absolutely loathes Dom and despises Lee. When she saw her chance to get rid of them she struck.”

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Cummings, 48, and Cain got their marching orders on Friday. They were summoned to a lunchtime meeting and told to be out by the end of the day. Reports vary over whether voices were raised.

Johnson had hoped Cummings would slip out by the back door. But the aide never did what he was told and stormed out through No10’s front door at 5pm in view of TV cameras, with a cardboard box of belongings.

A Tory insider said: “That’s typical Dom. Arrogant and stubborn to the last.

“He wanted that image out there to show he’d cleared his desk and this was the final parting of the ways. He doesn’t think the PM can manage without him. So this gesture was meant to symbolise how Boris is now on his own.”

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Ex-minister David Davis, once branded “thick as mince” by Cummings, said: “Almost certainly Dominic decided he was going to leave an image. People will remember it.”

It ended months of vicious – some say juvenile – civil war inside No10, when the focus should have been on fighting Covid and sorting Brexit.

UK coronavirus deaths have topped 50,000, while a second lockdown and a creaking economy threatens yet more livelihoods. It has left the public furious at No10’s infighting.

One Tory MP said: “Real people are rightly furious about this pantomime. They want this shower to put their lives and livelihoods first and what they get is this unbelievable carry-on.”

And female staffers are relieved to see the back of the “Brexit Boys” they blame for a laddish culture that froze them out.

The PM is kicking himself for not firing Cummings six months ago after the Mirror revealed he drove to County Durham during the first lockdown.

Now the rancourous departure means Cummings could turn on him. He knows all the secrets – such as Westminster rumours about the state of the PM’s relationship with Carrie and whether boris plans to quit next year.

Wild-eyed Dominic Cummings pictured outside his leafy North London home on Saturday – hours after leaving Downing Street for the last time
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The PM was already furious after learning “Team Cummings” briefed against him – suggesting he has been a ditherer since Covid almost killed him and that aides had turned to Cabinet Office boss Michael Gove for leadership.

No10’s meltdown began on Monday when the PM talked to Cain about promoting him to chief of staff.

Carrie flipped and put the boot in. Suspicions were already circulating that Cain was the “chatty rat” who leaked the PM’s second lockdown plans. Cain denies that. Carrie told Boris he was making a big mistake – and leaks to the BBC meant everyone knew it.

She fell out with Cain after a cosy picnic picture was released of her with Boris – after police had been called over a furious row between the couple.

Cain told her what she had done made Johnson look ridiculous. And there were claims the picture was old.

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Cain quit on Wednesday. Cummings decided to go too when he could not get his second choice as chief of staff – Vote Leave ally and No10 aide Cleo Watson. Dishevelled Cummings was often photographed with the elegant Ms Watson, so much so they were likened to a gazelle with a pit pony.

The plan was for Cummings to stay on until next month. Now he and Cain will work out their notice from home. Carrie is not the only one celebrating their departure. MPs and ministers could not stand them either.

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One MP was recently with a group, including many household names, meeting the PM in No10. Cummings walked by and said: “I don’t know who the f*** any of you are.”

The MP said: “Hello would have sufficed. There was no need to go out of his way to be so bloody offensive.”

Sweeping change in Downing Street also sees the arrival of press secretary Allegra Stratton, 39, who will hold daily US-style briefings.

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And now Carrie has won the turf war she will set about rebranding her husband-to-be as more centrist, inclusive and cuddly – championing causes close to her heart, like conservation. The PM today unveils new national parks in a “green industrial revolution”.

He says: “It’s more important than ever to enhance our natural environment and protect our precious wildlife.”

Next year’s British presidency of the G7 and the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow will give the PM more platforms to achieve Carrie’s ambition for him.

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A former minister said: “She is incredibly ambitious. He’s going to have to watch her.”

Another ex-Cabinet minister told the Sunday Mirror: “The Cummings team were never really Conservatives but Vote Leave.

"They just wanted Brexit and the need for them has gone. They overreached themselves so now THEY are gone.”

A Tory source added: “It was unsustainable. The Vote Leave people wanted to fight battles on every front. You can’t govern like that.”

And a senior Whitehall figure added: “We can feel the wind of change. No10 advisers are already reaching out to ministers and MPs.”

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