Oliver Dowden, the Conservative Party Chairman, has announced plans to quit government in order to focus on his music.
It is understood Mr Dowden has become increasingly frustrated at the Prime Minister’s insistence that he should not continue his fledgling musical career whilst in Government.
“Oli’s been working on a new calypso album for some months, and had hoped to have it on sale in time for Summer,” said a colleague.
“But then, Boris insisted that what with Partygate and the vote of no confidence, it really wasn’t the time for a high-profile member of his team to be releasing a calypso record.”
Things came to a head earlier this morning during a heated phone call between Dowden and the Prime Minister.
“I wasn’t in the room but could hear from outside, it was pretty obvious that tempers were running pretty hot, there were a lot of raised voices and then Oli just shouted – ‘Christ Boris, with the country being in the state it is right now, people need my calypso music more than ever’ – he then slammed the phone down, stormed out, and I haven’t seen him since.”
It is understood that Dowden will leave his post immediately and spend several weeks remastering his record for release.
Oliver Dowden’s Sound of Trinidad: My Calypso Journey should be released by the end of summer.