Labour demands 'swift explanation' amid reports that Dominic Cummings broke coronavirus lockdown rules

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  • May 22, 2020
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Labour has now demanded a “very swift explanation” from Number 10 over reports that Dominic Cummings broke the Government’s coronavirus lockdown rules.

Police spoke to Boris Johnson’s top adviser after he was spotted almost 300 miles from his London home on a trip to stay with his parents in Durham, according to a joint investigation from the Mirror and the Guardian.

Mr Cummings had started suffering from Covid-19 symptoms at the end of March and Downing Street claimed he was self-isolating in his London home.

But according to reports, he was actually in the North of England where member of the public is understood to have seen him and made a complaint to the police.

A Labour spokesman said: “If accurate, the Prime Minister’s chief adviser 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. Number 10 needs to provide a very swift explanation for his actions.”

But close friends of Mr Cummings claimed that the reports are “fake news”, saying: “He isn’t remotely bothered by this story, it’s more fake news from the Guardian. There is zero chance of him resigning.”

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Acting Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey also called for Mr Cummings to resign if he has broken lockdown guidelines.

“If Dominic Cummings has broken the lockdown guidelines he will have to resign,” Sir Davey tweeted. “It’s as simple as that.”

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said: “Following the news that Dominic Cummings travelled from London to Durham during lockdown and his behaviour was investigated by the police, his position is completely untenable – he must resign or be sacked.

He tweeted: “This is a key test of leadership for Boris Johnson. People must have confidence that the Tory government is following its own rules – not being investigated by the police for breaking them.”

Close friends of Mr Cummings claimed that the reports are “fake news” (Getty Images)

The Government’s advice, which became law on March 26, stated: “You should not be visiting family members who do not live in your home. The only exception is if they need help, such as having shopping or medication dropped off.”

“The British people do not expect there to be one rule for them and another rule for Dominic Cummings. Number 10 needs to provide a very swift explanation for his actions.”

A spokesman for Durham Constabulary confirmed that officers had spoken to the owners of an address in the city after reports a person had travelled there from London.

A spokesman for Durham Constabulary said: “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”.

Downing Street refused to comment on the reports.