Coronavirus: Calls for Dominic Cummings to resign after lockdown travel

Andrew Cummings
May 24, 2020

"Owing to his wife being infected with suspected coronavirus and the high likelihood that he would himself become unwell, it was essential for Dominic Cummings to ensure his young child could be properly cared for" by family, the spokesman said Saturday.

When approached by reporters outside his home on Saturday, Mr Cummings said he "behaved reasonably and legally" when asked about the trip from London to Durham, which took place in late March.

"The prime minister's chief adviser appears to believe that it is one rule for him and another for the British people", the Labour Party said.

Cummings, who is widely credited with masterminding the campaign to leave the European Union, claimed that he brought his son to live with his relatives after his wife became ill with what turned out to be COVID-19.

Labour demanded No 10 provided a "swift explanation" for Mr Cummings' actions.

Kirsty Blackman spoke out as a number of backcbench Tory MPs broke ranks to criticise the Prime Minister's top aide who has been the subject of numerous national newspaper reports.

Acting Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey said that the issue risked distracting the government from the pandemic while the SNP's Ian Blackford said Mr Cummings "has to leave office".

Dominic Cummings, the mastermind of Brexit who openly scorned the British elite, is fighting for his job as Prime Minister Boris Johnson's senior adviser after claims he flouted the Government's coronavirus lockdown rules.

Earlier this month, leading epidemiologist Neil Ferguson quit a government panel on coronavirus after admitting to having broken the lockdown to meet his lover.

In a televised address to the nation on March 23, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced unprecedented limits on where and how people can meet and gather during the continuing coronavirus.

Dr Calderwood resigned in April after making two trips to her second home during the coronavirus lockdown.

"It just beggars belief to think you could actually drive when the advice was stay home, save lives".

Mr Cummings is yet to respond to the new claims.

Nevertheless, police in Durham confirmed on Friday that on March 31, they received a tip-off about someone who had traveled to the city from London and they repeated their statement on Saturday.

And speaking on BBC Newsnight, former Conservative MP David Liddington, who was de facto deputy PM under Theresa May, warned that the "readiness of members of the public to follow government guidance more generally is going to be affected by this sort of story". Anyone with symptoms was told to completely isolate themselves.

It was and also remains not permitted to leave your house to visit friends and family in their home, while government advice for those aged 70 and over continues to be that they should minimise contact with others outside their household.

"I felt breathless, sometimes achy, but Dom couldn't get out of bed", she said.

Also in the magazine, Mr Cummings wrote about his experience of self-isolating with his wife, saying that "at the end of March and for the first two weeks of April I was ill, so we were both shut in together".

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who was sent out to defend Mr Cummings at the daily Downing Street coronavirus briefing on Saturday, will face further questions over the latest developments when he represents the Government during the Sunday morning political television programmes.

April 14: Mr Cummings returns to his duties with the Government after recovering from his illness.

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