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Fears Dominic Cummings’ actions will affect ‘readiness’ of Brits to follow lockdown | UK | News

The Prime Minister’s senior advisor travelled hundreds of miles, from his home in London to his parent’s home in Durham, when he had coronavirus symptoms. Former Cabinet Minister Sir David Lidington, told BBC Newsnight: “There’s clearly serious questions that No 10 are going to have to address.

“Not least because the readiness of members of the public to follow government guidance more generally is going to be affected by this sort of story.”

He added: “But I don’t want to rush to condemn without hearing the full story.”

The Government’s lockdown restrictions, which have been in force since late March, say that people should not visit family members “who do not live in your home” unless they need certain help including shopping or medication dropped off.

The Labour party has reportedly demanded that the Government respond to the claims.

Mr Cummings’ alleged lockdown breach will affect the “readiness” of Britons to follow lockdown rules (Image: getty)

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The Prime Minister’s senior advisor travelled hundreds of miles when he had coronavirus symptoms (Image: getty)

Tulip Siddiq MP, the vice chair of the Labour party, told the Guardian: “If accurate, the Prime Minister’s chief advisor appears to have breached the lockdown rules.

“The Government’s guidance was very clear: stay at home and no non-essential travel.

“The British people do not expect there to be one rule for them and another rule for Dominic Cummings.”

She added: “Number 10 needs to provide a very swift explanation for his actions.”

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The Labour party has reportedly demanded that the Government respond to the claims (Image: getty)

Professor Neil Ferguson, the epidemiologist to help model the UK’s lockdown restrictions, resigned as a member of Sage (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) after breaching physical distancing rules when he visited his mistress.

The implications of Mr Cummings reported actions have led MPs to call for his resignation.

The acting leader of the Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey, tweeted: “If Dominic Cummings has broken the lockdown guidelines he will have to resign. It’s as simple as that.”

Kirsty Blackman MP, SNP Deputy Leader in the House of Commons, told BBC Newsnight: “The reality is that Boris Johnson’s most senior advisor blatantly breached the rules that billions of people have been trying so hard to keep.

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The implications of Mr Cummings reported actions have led MPs to call for his resignation (Image: getty)

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Downing Street declined to comment on Friday night after the reports about Mr Cummings first arose (Image: getty)

“It is the case that his position is totally untenable and he needs to resign or Boris Johnson needs to step up to the plate and sack him.”

Downing Street declined to comment on Friday night after the reports about Mr Cummings first arose.

The political advisor was reportedly approached by police in Durham when he made his trip.

A spokesman for Durham Constabulary told the Guardian: “On Tuesday, march 31, our officers were made aware of reports that an individual had travelled from London to Durham and was present at an address in the city.

“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.

“In line with national policing guidance, officers explained to the family the guidelines around self-isolation and reiterated the appropriate advice around essential travel.”

A witness in Durham told the Guardian: “I was really annoyed. I thought it’s OK for you to drive all the way up to Durham and escape from London.

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In the UK there have been 36,393 confirmed deaths with coronavirus (Image: getty)

“I sympathise with him wanting to do that, but other people are not allowed to do that.

“It’s one rule for Dominic Cummings and one rule for the rest of us.”

In the UK there have been 36,393 confirmed deaths with coronavirus.


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