Downing Street spin doctor, Lee Cain, has just announced his resignation. The news prompted an old rumour to reemerge, which suggested that Cain used to dress up in a chicken suit.
Lee Cain, Downing Street’s Director of Communications, has announced his resignation from the post less than 24 hours after he was earmarked for a promotion to No. 10’s Chief of Staff.
Since Lee Cain was thrust into the limelight, an old story about the former journalist has come to light, suggesting that as part of a previous job, he had to dress up in a chicken suit.
But is the stroy true and if so, what is the context behind it?
Lee Cain resigns from Number 10
When Boris Johnson became prime minister in July 2019, Lee Cain was brought in as Downing Street’s Director of Communications.
In November 2020, it was reported that Lee Cain was being considered for the role of Downing Street’s Chief of Staff.
However, the proposed appointment has reportedly caused chaos in No. 10 according to the Independent.
After being announced as Downing Street’s new Chief of Staff less than 24 hours ago at the time of writing, the news now broke that Lee Cain will be resigning from his position in the new year.
The chicken suit rumours
Prior to taking his current position in Downing Street, Lee Cain worked as a journalist, writing for publications such as the Gloucester Citizen, The Sun and the Daily Mirror.
It was during his time at the Mirror that Lee Cain was part of a campaign that required him and several of his colleagues to dress up as big yellow chickens.
The campaign took place during the run-up to the 2010 election and saw Cain and his feathery colleagues pursuing David Cameron and Tory MPs after they had supposedly dodged difficult questions ahead of the election.
Speaking on ITV’s Peston programme on November 11th, 2020, Tory peer Ken Clarke said: “I only met [Lee Cain] when he chased me dressed as a chicken, when he was campaigning for the Labour Party a few years ago and I have not, I’m afraid, met him since, and seemed a decent enough chicken at the time.”
As of the publishing of this article, the reason for Lee Cain’s resignation from Downing Street has not been officially announced.