Coronavirus: Boris Johnson's top advisor broke lockdown rules while he had symptoms

Cheryl Sanders
May 23, 2020

The PM's chief aide Dominic Cummings acted in line with guidelines when he went from London to Durham with his sick wife to be near relatives during the coronavirus lockdown, says No 10.

The details of Mr Cummings's Durham visit only added to scrutiny of No 10.

Durham Police confirmed officers had spoken to the owners of an address on after reports that a person had travelled there from London.

The call was echoed by the Scottish National Party's Westminster leader Ian Blackford, calling Mr Cummings's position "completely untenable".

"Mr Cummings believes he behaved reasonably and legally".

"His sister and nieces had volunteered to help so he went to a house near to but separate from his extended family in case their help was needed".

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SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said the Prime Minister should come clean on what he knew about Dominic Cummings’ travels

The Guardian and the Mirror reported that on March 31, police in Durham received a report that Mr Cummings was staying at an address in the city.

But friends of Mr Cummings suggested he would be going nowhere.

"To beat this crisis we need to be selfless as millions have been".

The trip took place at the end of March, just days after the Prime Minister announced strict lockdown measures, including banning all non-essential travel, and giving the police powers to impose fines on anyone breaking lockdown rules.

"What I find that (according to some reports) members of Downing Street knew about this so, first and foremost, Boris Johnson has serious questions to answer over what now appears to be a cover-up". The public have made extraordinary sacrifices during this pandemic and the lockdown.

"It can not be one rule for those who set them and another for the British people".

When Cummings made the journey, official government advice was that no one should make any non-essential journeys.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's most senior political adviser is under growing pressure to resign after it was reported that he broke coronavirus lockdown rules and was subsequently investigated by police.

Dominic Cummings may have some explaining to do.

He tweeted: "It's reasonable and fair to ask for an explanation on this".

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced calls on Saturday (May 23) from opposition parties to sack adviser Dominic Cummings after reports that he broke lockdown rules by travelling 400km while ill with Covid-19 symptoms.

Scotland's chief medical officer, Catherine Calderwood, resigned in April after breaking her own rules by visiting her second home twice.

When Professor Neil Ferguson, the epidemiologist whose modelling prompted the lockdown, quit as a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies for flouting distancing rules when he was visited by his girlfriend, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was "speechless".

"Officers made contact with the owners of that address who confirmed that the individual in question was present and was self-isolating in part of the house", the police said in a statement.

Officers "explained to the family the arrangements around self-isolation guidelines and reiterated the appropriate advice around essential travel", the force said.

According to a joint investigation by the Daily Mirror and the Guardian, at the same time as the UK Government was instructing people to remain home - with fines in place for those contravening the rules - Mr Cummings made a decision to escape the capital.

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