04:59 GMT02 December 2020
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    Earlier, the BBC quoted Cummings as saying that "rumours of me threatening to resign are invented", adding that he had always thought of stepping down at the end of 2020, when the Brexit transition period is over.

    A senior adviser to the UK Prime Minister, Dominic Cummings, has stepped down, BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg said on Twitter.

    ​Kuenssberg added that there was a conversation between Boris Johnson, Cummings and Lee Cain, Johnson's director of communications, and "it was decided to go immediately".

    Photos and videos of Cummings leaving No10 have been shared online.

    ​Rumours of tensions within Johnson's inner circle emerged earlier this month. Recently, Lee Cain said in a statement that he would resign from his position.

    As far as Cummings is concerned, he has been urged by dozens of opposition lawmakers to resign after a report by the Guardian in May, which described how Cummings travelled from London to County Durham with his family in late March after his wife had started displaying coronavirus symptoms. Critics insisted that his trip violated the Government's restrictions but the official said that he left London to take his child to grandparents, adding that he did not plan to resign because of that. 

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