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Dominic Cummings blasted by Police chief over ‘most unwise’ Durham trip

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Dominic Cummings who seems to be untouchable has been slammed by a Police chief over his “most unwise” 260-mile trip to Durham, during lockdown on 31 March.

Whilst millions of Brits have adhered to the government’s advice, the senior aide to Boris Johnson has been defended over his actions.

The acting police and crime commissioner at Durham Constabulary, Steve White said his force “acted appropriately” despite Cummings having coronavirus symptoms at the time.

Cummings drove from London to Durham and police said that attended a property in the area, “to reiterate the appropriate advice around essential travel.”

White criticised Cummings and said, “In relation to the incident where Dominic Cummings visited Durham during lockdown, Durham Constabulary acted appropriately.

“Given the whole ethos of the guidance and regulations issued from the Government was to reduce the spread [of coronavirus], regardless of reason, by travelling to County Durham when known to be infected was most unwise.”

He added, “To beat this crisis we need to be selfless as millions have been.

“The response by the people of County Durham and Darlington [has]been exemplary, which makes this most frustrating and concerning.”

However, a No10 spokesman told journalists, “At no stage was he or his family spoken to by the police about this matter, as is being reported.”

SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, there seems to have been a “cover up” and Cummings “should have gone by now.”

Sir Ed Davey, the acting leader of the Liberal Democrats, told Sky News Cummings “should either resign or the prime minister should sack him.”

“I don’t think there can be one rule for everyone else and a different rule for the prime minister’s top team,” he said.

“I can’t see how Dominic Cummings is going to wriggle out of this one.”

A Labour Party spokesman said, “The lockdown rules were very clear: if you or anyone in your household was suspected of having Covid-19 you must immediately self-isolate and not leave the house.

“However, the Prime Minister’s Chief Adviser appears to believe that it is one rule for him and another for the British people.

“This will cause understandable anger for the millions of people who have sacrificed so much during this crisis.

“We are still unclear who knew about this decision and when, whether this was sanctioned by the Prime Minister and whether Number 10 is now questioning the validity of the statement from Durham Police.”

Piers Morgan gave Downing Street the ultimatum on Saturday, he declared on Twitter, “If Boris doesn’t fire Cummings today, then I will deem the Lockdown over & drive down to see my parents (from a 2m distance) for the first time in 12 weeks.

“I’m not having one rule for these clowns & another for the rest of us.”




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