Jack Doyle is the No 10 official accused by Dominic Cummings

Jack Doyle is the No 10 official accused by Dominic Cummings

Ex-Fleet Street journalist Jack Doyle is the No 10 official accused by Dominic Cummings of making ‘a number of false accusations to the media’

  • Ex Mail journalist Jack Doyle last week appointed to position in Downing Street
  • Dominic Cummings has accused him of being the man responsible for No10 leak
  • Doyle picked by PM’s first director of communications to join as press secretary 

The senior No 10 official sensationally accused by Dominic Cummings of making ‘a number of false accusations to the media’ is Jack Doyle.

Doyle, 41, has had a meteoric rise to one of the most senior positions in Downing Street in the year since leaving journalism.

Just last week the former senior political reporter at the Daily Mail was appointed director of communications to Boris Johnson. 

But almost immediately he has been plunged into controversy.

Mr Cummings, the PM’s former senior adviser, accused Jack Doyle (pictured) of having been the No 10 source who briefed newspapers on Thursday night

In an excoriating blog Mr Cummings, the PM’s former senior adviser, accused Mr Doyle of having been the No 10 source who briefed newspapers on Thursday night that he, Cummings, had been responsible for a series of damaging leaks.

Now father-of-two Mr Doyle will have to use all his communications skills to prevent the damaging intervention escalating into a full-blown crisis for his Prime Minister.

Mr Doyle, the son of a policeman, worked at the Mail for ten years, first as home affairs correspondent before joining the political team, where he rose to the role of assistant editor (politics).

Dominic Cummings has accused him of being the man responsible for the No10 leak

Last January he was plucked by Mr Johnson’s first director of communications Lee Cain to join No 10 as press secretary.

Towards the end of the year Mr Cain resigned, to be replaced by James Slack, a former Daily Mail political editor. Mr Doyle became his deputy. When Mr Slack announced this year that he was quitting to be deputy editor-in-chief at The Sun, Mr Doyle was appointed to take his place.

A source told PR Week: ‘Jack lacks Whitehall experience but he speaks of continuity and has experience with the media.’

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