Who is Dominic Cummings and does he have coronavirus symptoms?

BORIS JOHNSON'S senior adviser Dominic Cummings is self-isolating due to coronavirus.

The inscrutable mastermind was behind Vote Leave's success in the EU referendum and BoJo's election victory in December 2019.

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Does Dominic Cummings have coronavirus?

Dominic Cummings is isolating at home after developing coronavirus symptoms.

Unlike Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock, he has not been diagnosed with Covid-19, and it is not known whether he has had a test.

A No 10 source says he remains "in contact" with the rest of the team.

Who is Dominic Cummings?

Dominic Cummings was seen as the mastermind of the Brexit campaign.

He is a political adviser and strategist, and served as the Campaign Director of Vote Leave.

Cummings is a former special adviser to Michael Gove – under Boris Johnson, he worked as the PM's senior adviser.

Born in Durham, he is the son of an oil rig project manager and a special needs teacher.

Cummings attended Durham School and Exeter College, Oxford, graduating in 1994 with a First in Ancient and Modern History.

In 2011, he married Mary Wakefield, deputy editor of The Spectator.

When did he join the Vote Leave campaign?

Cummings became Campaign Director of Vote Leave upon the creation of the organisation in October 2015.

He is credited with having created the official slogan of Vote Leave, "Take back control" and with being the leading strategist of the campaign.

Cummings was questioned and criticised by MPs at the Treasury Select Committee in April 2016 for creating misleading leaflets for the Leave campaign.

His campaign strategy was summarised as: "Don’t talk about immigration"; "Do talk about business"; "Don’t make the referendum final"; "Do keep mentioning the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the over-reach of the European Union’s Court of Justice".


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Vote Leave emerged victorious in the June 2016 referendum which resulted in a 52 per cent vote to leave the European Union.

He was named as one of "Debrett's 500 2016" people of influence.

He used data-driven campaigning to win over undecided voters by pushing a small number of key messages – and came up with the slogan "take back control".

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