A BREXITEER and ex-reporter is tipped to turn into Boris Johnson’s new chief of employees, it has been revealed.
At present employed because the PM’s communications tsar, Lee Cain, 39, is claimed to be in “superior discussions” about his promotion after the job was spurned by advisers.
Lee Cain, at present Downing Avenue director of communicationsCredit score: Reuters
Cain is an ally of Dominic Cummings at No10Credit score: PA:Press Affiliation
Loyal Cain had earlier served beneath Johnson’s aide Dominic Cummings within the 2016 Brexit “Vote Depart” marketing campaign.
The trusted adviser labored as a press officer for the Brexit push, earlier than serving to to run Johnson’s management bid.
His promotion is a part of a shake-up of Johnson’s Downing Avenue operation, experiences The Times.
The paper says the PM’s “resolution to advertise Lee Cain will entrench the affect of No 10’s Vote Depart faction in an obvious riposte to these urging him to reset his premiership”.
His promotion to chief of employees means he’ll work as Johnson’s ‘fixer’, says the Daily Mail.
Cain will in the end be overseeing civil servants at Whitehall.
The high-powered function had beforehand been rejected by chief adviser Dominic Cummings, and fellow main adviser Lord Lister.
A Whitehall supply stated: “The PM desperately wants a chief of employees.
Cain’s unimaginable promotion comes after supporting the Vote Depart marketing campaign, and dealing carefully with Johnson and CummingsCredit score: London Information Photos
“Dom (Cummings)… has at all times stated he doesn’t need the title however will not serve beneath anybody who has it.
“However he would be capable of work with Lee, as a result of he is aware of he’s an ally, not a menace.”
It comes only one yr after Cain’s appointment as No10’s communication boss.
A former reporter with about 10 years’ expertise within the media, Cain began out in native paper, the Leek Publish and Instances in Staffordshire, earlier than writing for the nationwide press.
The Mirror additionally revealed pics of Cain “dressed as our hen to taunt Tories” together with David Cameron throughout the 2010 election marketing campaign.
“At one level he was pictured being led away by police as Mr Cameron and his spouse Samantha seemed on within the background,” the paper added.
Earlier this yr Cain was embroiled in a media walk-out from Downing Avenue.
In February political journalists left in protest after Quantity 10 ordered some reporters from media shops to go away a Brexit briefing.
Communications boss Lee Cain, proper, with senior adviser Dominic Cummings, requested some reporters to go away Downing Avenue in FebruaryCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
Chosen correspondents have been invited for the briefing from officers, however journos from organisations who weren’t on the hand-picked listing additionally tried to get in.
In accordance with these current, when political journos arrived inside they have been requested their names and instructed to face on reverse sides of the doorway corridor.
The Impartial’s political editor Andy Woodcock stated Cain then invited these on one aspect to enter and instructed these on the opposite to go away.
When his actions have been questioned, he instructed reporters: “We’re welcome to temporary whoever we would like each time we would like.”
PR Week later reported that “Cain could have performed rooster, however he’s not only a puppet – and never afraid to shake issues up as Boris Johnson’s PR man”.
By “choosing a struggle” with Foyer journalists weeks after Johnson was returned to energy with a giant majority, “he signalled a shift within the Authorities’s media relations technique”, it added.
The Solar not too long ago wrote concerning the PM introducing every day White House-style TV press briefings after thousands and thousands tuned in for the coronavirus conferences.
The plan was devised by Downing Avenue communications director Lee Cain.
He has famously been dubbed the ex-Day by day Mirror ‘rooster man’Credit score: Getty – Contributor
The Prime Minister determined to introduce every day White Home-style TV press briefingsCredit score: Francesco Guidicini – The Sunday Instances