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Remainers claim Cummings ‘fraudulent’ Vote Leave campaign is proof he should resign | UK | News

The Downing Street aide allegedly broke the rules by travelling 260 miles from his London home to his family home in Durham after lockdown was introduced on March 31. It is understood that police intervened after receiving a tip-off that Mr Cummings had travelled to the family home to self-isolate.

Mr Cummings has insisted the trip was reasonable and within the lockdown rules.

Remainers took to social media to pile pressure on Downing Street to sack the 48-year-old strategist after serving as campaign director of the Vote Leave campaign.

Vote Leave were fined £61,000 and referred to the police after an Electoral Commission probe said it broke electoral law in July 2018.

The watchdog said it exceeded its £7m spending limit by funnelling £675,315 through pro-Brexit youth group BeLeave.

Dominic Cummings being mocked by Brexit campaigner Steve Bray. (Image: Getty)

Vote Leave bus.

The controversial Vote Leave battle bus. (Image: Getty)

However, earlier this month police confirmed they had now dropped the probe and informed Darren Grimes, who founded the campaign group BeLeave, and Vote Leave official Alan Halsall.

Mr Cummings’ appointment as head of the Vote Leave campaign was also dramatised in the Channel 4 drama Brexit: The Uncivil War, which played up his role in covering a bus with the disputed £350m-a-week figure, arguing that the cash could be used to fund the NHS.

Mr Cummings, a hated figure for many pro-EU politicians, said the £350 million/NHS argument was “necessary to win” the campaign.

One said: “Anyone with an ounce of decency or honesty would resign.

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Boris Johnson VL.

Boris Johnson also fronted the Vote Leave campaign. (Image: Getty)

“The way Cummings ran Vote Leave shows that he doesn’t care what others say and will find a fridge to hide in until he creates a squirrel for folk to move on to.”

Another fumed: “Breaking Lockdown is a crime which is why Durham police spoke to them.

“But then Cummings& Johnson broke the law on elections at Vote Leave & got away with it.”

One user stressed: “He breached the clear lockdown rules. As ever, it’s one rule for the Vote Leave Elite like you and one for the rest of us.

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Lockdown Cummings.

Dominic Cummings has come under fire over his actions during lockdown. (Image: Getty)

“Dangerous, reckless and stupid.”

Other people slammed the “hypocrisy” of Mr Cummings claiming many had not left their home to see their family since February, while others said the reports were making their “blood boil”.

One user tweeted that he was unable to hug his father at his mother’s funeral, saying he was “frankly appalled”.

He added: “The lack of care or thought for other people in not following the necessary guidelines to ‘flatten the curve’ by someone who was self-proclaiming their infection with the virus.

Mock up Cummings dummy.

A mock up of Dominic Cummings during a Vote Leave protest. (Image: Getty)

“The hypocrisy is unbelievable.”

Another person, fumed: “I’m 5 miles from my shielding parents…we’ve only seen them at a distance to drop off food…my children haven’t seen them at all apart from digitally…the ‘he was with his parents’ stuff is making my blood boil.”

Others hit out at the fact that Mr Cummings displayed coronavirus symptoms “over the weekend” of March 28 and 29, and questioned why the public should continue following restrictions.

A final person tweeted: “My parents, in their late 70’s, have been tested in the last week, as have I. All were negative and they live less than an hour away.


Boris Johnson.

Boris Johnson appointed Mr Cummings as an advisor in 2019. (Image: Getty)

“I haven’t seen them since February and am still fighting all my instincts that say to jump in the car but beginning to wonder why!”

Earlier today Mr Cummings defended his actions saying he had “behaved reasonably and legally”.

When a reporter suggested to him outside his London home that the trip to Durham did not look good, he replied: “Who cares about good looks.?

“It’s a question of doing the right thing. It’s not about what you guys think.”

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