Robert Jenrick has forbidden escaping 150 miles from his 1.1 million pound mansion, where his family are staying, while the pandemic is raging.
This comes after he urged others to stay home for “all the most essential activities in bars,” and all travel to second homes was banned.
Cabinet Minister said he and his wife Michal Berkner, a partner in the Cooley City law firm LLP – and that the children viewed the Grade I country as removing their family home and returning to it after it was no longer needed in Westminster.
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Jenrick also owns a 2.5 million pound townhouse less than a mile from the Houses of Parliament while renting property for £ 2,000 a month in his Newark riding – which he charges the taxpayer.
He had previously been forced to explain why he had been seen on the lawn of his elderly parents, claiming that he was delivering medicine and other supplies.
Referring to his return to Herefordshire, Jenrick told the Daily Mail that his family “was there before the announcement of any travel restrictions.”
“I worked in London on ministerial duties, set up the system to protect the group most vulnerable to coronaviruses and organized the response at the local level.
“Once I was able to work at home, it was normal for me to go home to do it and be with my wife and also help take care of my three young children. “
He added that he would stay at the family home until government advice changed or was needed in Westminster.
Jenrick, who is the minister responsible for local government, spoke at daily press conferences on Downing Street and is a key member of the cabinet.
On Sunday, Dr. Catherine Calderwood resigned from Scotland as chief medical officer after visiting her vacation home twice during the coronavirus lockout.
Jenrick said he respected social distance when he visited his parents’ home, who at 69 and 79 are very vulnerable to the deadly virus.
He was spotted at the Shropshire residence – 40 miles from his – last week by a witness who then informed The Guardian before it was reported on Thursday.
Although government guidelines – issued March 23 – state that you should not visit anyone who lives outside your home, including elderly parents, you are allowed to “leave your home to help them, by example by abandoning purchases or medicines at their doorstep. ”
He adds: “People should stay in their main residence. Failure to take these steps puts additional pressure on communities and services that are already at risk. “
Tweeting in response to The Guardian’s story, Mr. Jenrick said, “For clarity – my parents asked me to provide some essentials – including medication.
“They are both self-insulating due to my father’s age and health and I followed the rules of social distancing. “
He included a link to the Guardian’s story in his tweet.
A government source told the Mail that the minister’s actions were “silly”, but another said that he had given a “full account of himself” and that he was supported by Downing Street.
MP Steve Reed and the new Community Workplace spokesperson said MPs must “set an example for everyone”, adding that if Mr. Jenrick “cannot provide a very good explanation”, he should “consider his position”.
On the Friday before visiting his parents, he tweeted, “If you plan to go out this weekend, don’t do it, unless it’s for work (where you can’t work at home), health reasons, food purchases or exercise. We must stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. ”
Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, who replaces Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he recovers from the virus in hospital, admitted yesterday that the measures are “wreaking havoc”.
“There are going to be a lot of people who would normally plan a family reunion or just go out in the sun,” he added.