Coronavirus: Dominic Cummings made second trip to Durham during lockout – reports | UK News

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Dominic Cummings made a second trip to Durham last month during the lockout, reports said.

The prime minister’s main assistant was seen on April 19 near his family’s home in the northeast, The Guardian and The Daily Mirror said on Saturday evening.

On April 14, he was photographed on Downing Street after returning from Durham.



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Cummings: “I behaved reasonably and legally”

In the latest allegations, the Mirror reported that it was spotted in the woods near the Durham family’s property on April 19.

In late March, Mr. Cummings allegedly broke the lockout rules when he traveled 260 miles from London to Durham with his wife and son to stay with his elderly parents – after the helper had developed coronavirus symptoms.

Cummings said he wanted his family to take care of his young son if he and his wife got too sick to do it alone.

Durham police confirmed they spoke to property owners on March 31 – a week after the Prime Minister imposed the foreclosure – after a call from someone reporting they saw Mr. Cummings in the area.

But Downing Street said the police hadn’t spoken to anyone in relation to Mr. Cummings and that it was only fitting that he seek child care for his four-year-old son.

Mr. Cummings insisted that “I have behaved reasonably and legally” when reporters asked him why he thought it was reasonable to make the trip to his home on Saturday morning.

He has the “full support” of the PM, according to Secretary of Transportation Grant Shapps.

When asked to clarify the directions for movement during the lockout in a Saturday afternoon briefing, the Associate Chief Physician, Dr. Jenny Harries, said it was “clear” that someone with symptoms should isolate himself with his family.

Dr. Harries said that if there was a “backup problem” where a child had “no support”, it was also a problem.

“There is always a safeguard clause in all councils,” she said, adding, “The interpretation of these councils is probably for others.”

Prior to the allegations of the second visit, senior government officials had expressed support for Mr. Cummings, including Secretary of Health Matt Hancock.

He tweeted, “I know how sick the coronavirus makes you. It was perfectly normal for Dom Cummings to find child care for his toddler when he and his wife fell ill. “



LONDON, ENGLAND - March 03: Chief Advisor to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings, listens during a press conference on the government's coronavirus action plan at Downing Street on March 3, 2020 in London, England . Johnson announces plans to control the spread of the new COVID-19 coronavirus in the UK. (Photo by Frank Augstein-WPA Pool / Getty Images)

Some MPs supported Mr. Cummings’ decision to violate the lockdown rules, with Rishi Sunak MP being among those who called him “reasonable.”

Foreign Minister Dominic Raab has accused opponents of Cummings of “seeking to politicize” the issue, while cabinet colleague Michael Gove added, “Caring for his wife and child is not a crime. “

A Labor source said about the latest allegations, “If these latest revelations are true, why the hell have cabinet ministers been dispatched this afternoon to defend Dominic Cummings?

“We need an urgent investigation from the secretary to the Cabinet to get to the bottom of this matter.

“It cannot be fair that there is one rule for the Prime Minister’s adviser and one for the British people.”

Liberal Democrats interim leader Ed Davey said: “If Dominic Cummings is now allowed to sit still for a moment, it will increasingly be the Prime Minister’s judgment that will be in the spotlight.

“Surely Boris Johnson must now recognize that the actions of his best advisor are an insult to the millions who have made enormous personal sacrifices to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said latest revelation was “insult to millions”

“Every minute the Prime Minister lets this scandal continue, the government is distracted from increasing Britain’s testing capacity, securing PPE for front-line workers and ending tragic deaths in our care homes.

“The Prime Minister must clarify what he knows and terminate Dominic Cummings’ contract. And it is now clearer than ever that once we go through this crisis, there must also be an independent investigation to examine the actions of the government. “

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A member of the public informed Durham police that Mr. Cummings was staying with his parents.

The force said it maintained its statement when contacted by Sky News for a response to the version of events number 10.

A timeline of Dominic Cummings during the lockdown:

March 18: In his briefing at Downing Street, the PM said, “Children should not be left with older grandparents or older parents, who may be particularly vulnerable or fall into some of the vulnerable groups. “

March 22: The advice of the government is that people should stay in their main residence and not go to their second home: “It is not allowed to leave your house – the place where you live – to stay in another house. “

March 23: Strict locking rules are imposed, which means that people can only leave their homes for essential travel.

March 27: Boris Johnson and Secretary of Health Matt Hancock are confirmed to have tested positive for the coronavirus. Mr. Cummings is seen running along Downing Street.



Dominic Cummings seen running from the door of number 10 Downing Street

Dominic Cummings exits the famous door and walks down Downing Street.

Weekend of March 28 and 29: Over the weekend, Mr. Cummings developed symptoms of coronavirus, Downing Street later confirmed.

March, 31st: Mr. Cummings went to his family’s farm in Durham – and it was on this date that Mr. Cummings’ family spoke to the police.

April 10: Assistant Chief Medical Officer of Health Jenny Harries said being too sick to care for a small child was an “exceptional circumstance” and she highlighted access to family support, among other options.

April 14: Mr. Cummings is pictured on Downing Street after recovering from a coronavirus.

April 19: There are reports that he has returned to Durham.

April 25: In a Spectator column, Mr. Cummings’ wife Mary Wakefield detailed his illness.

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