Coronavirus: Boris Johnson's top aide broke lockdown rules

Elias Hubbard
May 23, 2020

Dorset's police and crime commissioner, Martyn Underhill, said such a high-profile breach of the rules by Cummings would make it more hard for police to enforce the lockdown.

Durham constabulary spoke to Cummings's family to remind of them of the lockdown rules after receiving reports on 31 March that he was in Durham days after becoming sick.

The source insisted Mr Cummings did not break official guidance because the couple stayed in a separate building.

The opposition Labour Party said Downing Street should explain his actions.

The rules stated that people would only be allowed to leave the house for limited purposes including shopping for basics, one form of exercise a day, travelling to and from work, but only where absolutely necessary, and medical needs.

Mr Johnson imposed a national lockdown on March 23, asking Britons to stay at home.

Days after Boris Johnson evaluated favorable for coronavirus, policemans presumably approached his vital advisor to clarify the lockdown rules as well as guidance versus non-essential traveling after he was found some 375 kilometres north of the funding.

Downing Street had previously confirmed Mr Cummings had started displaying coronavirus symptoms "over the weekend" of March 28 and 29. Downing Street said he was self-isolating at home. He returned to the office on April 14.

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SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said the Prime Minister should come clean on what he knew about Dominic Cummings’ travels

Both the Daily Mirror and Guardian reported that Mr Cummings was spotted in Durham at the end of March, 264 miles from London where he lives.

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 explained to the family the guidelines around self-isolation and reiterated the appropriate advice around essential travel".

The two newspapers said that the property where Mr Cummings stayed in Durham was his parents' house.

The Labour Party's former spin doctor lashed out at the BBC Political Editor on Twitter after she tweeted that a source close to Cummings confirmed he and his wife went to his parents' home to self-isolate. Mr Cummings and his wife have a young son.

The reports could put Mr Cummings in a hard position, after several senior people involved in the country's response to the coronavirus outbreak were forced to resign when it emerged that they had broken the lockdown rules.

When Professor Neil Ferguson, the epidemiologist whose modelling prompted the lockdown, quit as a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies for flouting distancing rules when he was visited by his girlfriend, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was "speechless".

He added that "Boris Johnson must now show Dominic Cummings the door - otherwise people will conclude the Tories were so keen to leave lockdown because they weren't following the rules in the first place".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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