Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Dominic Cummings:”Who cares about great appearances? It’s a question of doing the right thing.’ The prime minister’s chief assistant Dominic Cummings is facing fresh allegations that he breached lockdown rules.
He and the government had said he acted “reasonably and lawfully” by driving from London to County Durham while his spouse had coronavirus signs.
the Observer and Sunday Mirror are now reporting he was seen a 2nd time in the North East, after recuperating from his own Covid-19 signs and returning to work in London. No 10 said the story is”unreliable”. Ministers said Mr Cummings and
his wife had picked to self-isolate at a residential or commercial property surrounding to other household members in case they needed aid with child care. Speaking with reporters outside his home in London on Saturday, he stated he would not be resigning
Mirror on Friday night. In reaction to the fresh claims in the papers’Sunday publications, Downing Street stated
:” Yesterday the Mirror and Guardian composed incorrect stories about Mr Cummings. “Today they are writing more incorrect stories including claims that Mr Cummings went back to Durham after returning to work in Downing Street on 14 April.”We will not squander our time addressing a stream of incorrect allegations about Mr Cummings from campaigning papers. “Opposition celebrations restored their calls for the prime minister’s adviser to go. The SNP’s Ian Blackford said Mr Cummings”needs to leave workplace “, while acting Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey informed BBC Radio 5 Live:”
If Dominic Cummings has actually not been sacked by tomorrow, I think the prime minister’s judgement is in major doubt. “Federal government recommendations had been for people to remain at house during the first weeks of lockdown. Self-isolation at home continues to be encouraged for those with coronavirus signs. Ministers used their support to Mr Cummings earlier in the day, with Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove tweeting:” Caring for your wife and child is not a crime.” England’s deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries likewise stated all health assistance must be applied with”sound judgment “. However following the fresh reports worrying the alleged 2nd check out to County Durham, a Labour source said:”If these most current revelations are real, why in the world were Cabinet ministers sent out this afternoon to defend Dominic Cummings? ” Before the brand-new accusations, both Labour and the SNP stated Mr Cummings flouted the federal government’s own advice and called for an immediate inquiry into his conduct. It comes as the federal government revealed 282 more people had passed away with coronavirus because Friday, throughout all settings, bringing the overall to 36,675.
home on Saturday, Mr Cummings stated he”acted reasonably and lawfully “when inquired about the journey from London to Durham, which happened in late March. Asked whether it looked excellent, he stated:”Who appreciates good appearances
? It’s a question of doing the ideal thing. It’s not about what you guys think. “He was later asked by press reporters whether he would consider his position, he said
:” Obviously not.” “You people are most likely all about as right about that as you had to do with Brexit: do you remember
how ideal you all were about that,” he included. PM’s assistance Mr Cummings masterminded the 2016 Vote Leave campaign prior to being made
Prime Minister Boris
Johnson’s primary political consultant. Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said the prime minster-who has not commented so far-had “complete confidence”in
Mr Cummings, following calls from the SNP and the Scottish Labour Party for him to be or stop fired. Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Steve White stated it had actually been “most ill-advised “for Mr Cummings to make the journey,” given the entire ethos”of
the federal government’s assistance. The preliminary reports in the Guardian and the Daily Mirror papers priced quote police stating they had talked to a family in Durham on 31 March and about the”standards around self-isolation and restated the appropriate suggestions around essential travel”. A statement by Downing Street was issued on Saturday, rejecting that authorities had spoken to Mr Cummings or his household”about this matter, as is being reported”.
In an upgraded declaration on Saturday evening, Durham Police stated officers discovered of his trip on 31 March and spoke to Mr Cummings’daddy the following
day.” During that conversation, Mr Cummings’father confirmed that his son had travelled with his family from London to the North-East and was self-isolating in part of the residential or commercial property.” Durham Constabulary considered that no additional action was needed. However, the officer did provide recommendations in relation to security concerns,” a statement from the authorities
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