British PM self-isolating after contact tested COVID-positive - spokesman

British PM self-isolating after contact tested COVID-positive - spokesman

GORDON BROWN said today that the Downing Street drama over Dominic Cummings reflects the "dysfunction" of the whole country in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Green MEP Phillipe Lamberts, a member of the EU Parliament's Brexit Steering Group, said that Cumming's departure was "probably the sign that Johnson has begun his U-turn and will, in the end, accept EU conditions".

In an attempt to show he was not letting the upheaval distract him, his office said Johnson would make a string of "critical announcements" over the next two weeks on issues from green policy to a return to regional COVID-19 rules from December 2.

Boris Johnson said he had been told by the NHS Test & Trace scheme to self-isolate for two weeks.

This time round "the PM is well and does not have any symptoms of COVID-19", the spokesman said.

But the source said it was to Ms Symonds' credit that she had been in a position to protest against Mr Cain's elevation to chief of staff.

Senior Tory MP Sir Bernard Jenkin said it is time to restore "respect, integrity and trust", which he said have been "lacking in recent months" between No 10 and Tory MPs.

The latest wranglings were keenly followed on Twitter, where #DominicGoing was the top United Kingdom trend early on Friday evening, with opposition MPs tweeting their pleasure at the prospect of Mr Cummings leaving.

In the first turbulent months of Mr Johnson's premiership past year, the aide waged a campaign against anti-Brexit sympathisers inside the governing Conservative Party, forcing some rebels out for good and ripping up political conventions.

Cummings was credited with engineering the manoeuvres that saw Johnson finalise the UK's exit from the European Union in January after a snap general election in December.

All government focus was turned to combating Covid-19 and Mr Cummings himself inevitably became part of the story.

Highly-publicised in-fighting at the heart of Government led to Mr Cain's resignation on Wednesday.

The Daily Telegraph said tensions within No 10 were running high, with Mr Cummings accused of briefing against the Prime Minister.

It is not clear why Mr Cain did not take up that role.

"If the Prime Minister had a shred of integrity he would pack his own bags and go with them".

But Mr Johnson was unhappy that the appointment was made public in Wednesday's newspapers before he had reached a final decision, people familiar with the matter said.

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