Once described as a “career psychopath” by former Prime Minister David Cameron, Mr Cummings is now arguably the most powerful unelected political figure in Britain. He came to the fore as a special adviser to Michael Gove in 2007. He then attracted further attention as the chief administrative mastermind behind the successful Vote Leave campaign in the 2016 EU referendum and, when Boris Johnson became Prime Minister in July 2019, Mr Cummings was appointed as his chief aide, directing operations from Downing Street.
He can largely be credited for the Conservative Party’s triumph in the December 12 general election and for delivering Brexit.
In an interview with Express.co.uk, though, Vote Leave insiders Douglas Carswell and Lord David Owen made an extraordinary claim about the Brexit guru.
The former Ukip MP and former Foreign Secretary both argued that while Mr Cummings is without a doubt an incredibly talented political strategist, people give him more credit than he deserves.
Mr Carswell, who hired Mr Cummings in Vote Leave alongside Matthew Elliot and Daniel Hannan, said: “I have known Dominic very well for over 20 years.
“He is incredibly driven, motivated and incredibly bright.
“He has a clarity of thought that very few people in politics possess.
“I only ever saw him – and I saw a lot of Dominic during the Brexit referendum campaign – talking to people with great respect.
“More than that, he was actually someone who was reassuring to the team and staff.
“Even at times when things were looking pretty bad.”
However, he noted: “He was very effective in Vote Leave, but he was not alone.
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He said: “I don’t think he makes the decisions in Number 10. It has been overblown.
“I watched him in Vote Leave.
“He played an important role but he didn’t run the campaign.
“It was run by many different people.
“Some people get no credit for what they did in the campaign.”