By James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline
Published: 11:29 BST, 1 October 2019 | Updated: 20:42 BST, 1 October 2019
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Maverick No10 aide Dominic Cummings is 'like a small child' in meetings because he keeps asking 'why?', a Cabinet minister has revealed.
The insight into the former Vote Leave chief's methods comes amid growing alarm at the extend of his control over Boris Johnson's administration.
The senior minister told MailOnline he causes frustration by holding up routine government actions, wanting to 'take everything to pieces and start again'.
There have been claims of widening splits in Downing Street as Mr Johnson ignores more moderate long-term aides and places his faith entirely in Mr Cummings.
The 47-year-old has faced a furious backlash for orchestrating the government's hardline approach on Brexit, with calls for him to be axed in the wake of the shock Supreme Court defeat and strong rhetoric against Remainer MPs.
There was also an outcry after he summarily sacked one of Sajid Javid's advisers for being in contact with Remainers, and had her frogmarched out of No10.
However, Mr Cummings also inspires intense loyalty among many colleagues and has been given licence to operate freely by the PM.
Maverick No10 aide Dominic Cummings (pictured at Tory conference in Manchester yesterday) is 'like a small child' in meetings because he keeps asking 'why?', a Cabinet minister has revealed
There have been claims of splits in Downing Street as Boris Johnson (pictured at conference today) ignores more moderate long-term aides and places his