United Kingdom says PM's adviser Cummings did not break lockdown guidelines

Clay Curtis
May 23, 2020

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Blackford said: "What I find interesting ... is that 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".

Sir Ed Davey, acting leader of the Liberal Democrats, called for Mr Cummings to quit over the allegations, while a spokesman for Labour said: "The British people do not expect there to be one rule for them and another rule for Dominic Cummings".

"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".

Police in Durham confirmed that on March 31 they had been tipped off about someone who had travelled to the city from London and did a routine check.

"His actions were in line with coronavirus guidelines". Mr Cummings and his wife have a young son.

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

Non-essential travel was not allowed. Downing Street also declined to comment.

A statement added: "The public have made extraordinary sacrifices during this pandemic and the lockdown".

"The British individuals do not anticipate there to be one guideline for them as well as an additional guideline for DominicCummings Number 10 demands to supply a really speedy description for his activities.".

Prof Susan Michie, of University College London, who is a member of Sage, the scientific group that has guided the government's response to the coronavirus, suggested Cummings' trip would undermine trust in the official advice on the outbreak.

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Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove has defended Mr Cummings, tweeting: "Caring for your wife and child is not a crime".

"I recognised Dominic Cummings, he's a very distinctive figure".

Earlier, the Scottish National Party's Westminster leader Ian Blackford told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that Mr Cumming's position was "untenable" and that the prime minister has "serious questions" to answer about the reports.

Dominic Cummings, the chief aide to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, travelled to Durham while exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, a source close to Mr Cummings confirmed on Friday evening (22nd May).

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

A Labour spokesman said: "If accurate, the prime minister's chief adviser appears to have breached the lockdown rules".

On top of pressure over Mr Cummings, ministers were facing backlash from the aviation and travel sector following the publication of more details of plans to subject global travellers to spot checks and £1,000 fines if they fail to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in the UK.

Government advice on 31 March was for the public to stay at home and only leave for clearly defined reasons, including to exercise, essential shopping or for medical needs.

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 chose to escape the capital.

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

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