At least 30 rebel Tory MPs have publicly called for Dominic Cummings to resign or be sacked as the Conservative Party revolt is gathering fast momentum.
The Prime Minister’s chief advisor said on Sunday that he has “no regrets” over his multiple trips which many people are saying he breached the law.
Boris Johnson is set for a grilling on Wednesday during Prime Minister Questions (PMQs) in the House of Commons later today.
On Tuesday, Douglas Ross, the parliamentary under-secretary of state for Scotland, quit his position and said he cannot “in good faith” defend the actions of Cummings.
On his decision to quit his role, he said, “It’s a personal decision. I can only be accountable for my own decisions and, as I’ve said, this is not unanimous.
“I think there are still unanswered questions with his [Cummings] statement and that’s why I felt I couldn’t go out and defend it.”
Ross said on Twitter, “I haven’t commented publicly on the situation with Dominic Cummings as I have waited to hear the full details.
“I welcome the statement to clarify matters, but there remains aspects of the explanation which I have trouble with. As a result, I have resigned as a government Minister.”
Party colleague Craig Whittaker told Newsnight that Cummings’ position is “untenable.”
He added, “I respect he is taking a decision but what I can’t get my head around is why he can’t take responsibility for that decision.”
Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt wrote, “Having watched the broadcast yesterday, my own view is that what he did was a clear breach of the lockdown rules – coming back into work when he had been with his wife who was ill, driving to Durham instead of staying at home, and visiting Barnard Castle.
“These were clearly mistakes – both in terms of the guidance which was crystal clear, and in terms of the signal it would potentially give out to others as someone who was at the centre of government.
“But as someone who has been at the centre of media storms with a young family, I know you do make mistakes in these situations.
“I have made them myself. So, I am afraid I am not going to add my voice to the list of those calling for him to resign.”