Dominic Cummings

Campaign Director of Vote Leave

Dominic Cummings is a British political advisor and strategist. He served as the Campaign Director of Vote Leave, the campaign in favour of leaving the European Union for the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, 2016. He is a former special adviser to Michael Gove.

After university, Cummings moved to Russia for three years and attempted to set up an airline connecting Samara in southern Russia and Vienna, which had only one flight. From 1999 to 2002, Cummings was campaign director at Business for Sterling, the campaign against the UK joining the Euro. He was Director of Strategy for Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith for 8 months in 2002, aiming to modernise the Conservative Party (though he has never joined a political party).

With James Frayne, he founded the New Frontiers Foundation think-tank as its director; it launched in December 2003 and closed in March 2005. Cummings led the campaign against a North-East Regional Assembly in 2004 and then moved to his father’s farm in Durham and read widely.

Cummings worked for Michael Gove from 2007 to January 2014, first in opposition and then as a special adviser in the Department of Education after the 2010 general election. He was Gove’s chief of staff, an appointment blocked by Andy Coulson until his own resignation. In this capacity Cummings wrote a 240-page essay, “Some thoughts on education and political priorities”, about transforming Britain into a “meritocratic technopolis”, described by Patrick Wintour as “either mad, bad or brilliant – and probably a bit of all three.” He became known for his blunt style and “not suffering fools gladly”, and as an idealist.

Many in Conservative Party headquarters disapproved of Cummings. He left that post to start a free school. He had previously worked for the New Schools Network charity that advises free schools, as a volunteer from June 2009 and then as a paid freelancer from July to December 2010.

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  • Brexit & The EU
  • International Politics
  • Education & Youth
  • Current Affairs
  • British Relationships