There has been an increasing amount of pressure on Boris Johnson to sack Dominic Cummings, or ask him to resign, following revelations he was investigated by police for breaking lockdown rules.
It was revealed last night the Prime Minister’s chief adviser was spotted at his parents’ house in Durham at the beginning of April, before measures were eased slightly.
There have been calls on Twitter for Mr Cummings, 48, to ‘resign immediately’ or or be fired.
Presenter Piers Morgan tweeted: ‘Are you f*****g kidding me????? Cummings should resign immediately or be fired.
‘So, Boris Johnson’s right hand man Dominic Cummings broke lockdown to go to his parents’ house 100s of miles away… AS HE SELF-ISOLATED WITH CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS.
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‘Fire him tonight Prime Minister – or why should anybody heed your lockdown rules?’
Acting leader for the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey wrote: ‘If Dominic Cummings has broken the lockdown guidelines he will have to resign. It’s as simple as that.’
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford tweeted: ‘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.’
It comes after government coronavirus advisor Neil Ferguson – known as ‘Professor Lockdown’ because he recommended social distancing measures – resigned after breaking guidelines to meet his married lover.
Labour MP for East Leeds, Richard Burgon, said: ‘A top government scientist had to resign from his advisory role after breaking lockdown rules.
‘Matt Hancock said of that, “I think he took the right decision to resign”. No. 10 now has to show it’s not one rule for them and another rule for everybody else.’
The Mirror and the Guardian revealed on Friday evening how Mr Cummings was seen at his parents’ home in Durham, more than 250 miles away from his London home.
Downing Street confirmed the Prime Minister’s top aide had gone into self-isolation on March 30.
The following day a Number 10 spokesman said: ‘He is at home, he is self-isolating, he has some symptoms.’
But a neighbour says they saw Mr Cummings outside his parents’ home in the North East on April 5.
The Brexiteer political strategist was reportedly spotted in the back garden blasting Abba’s Dancing Queen.
That same day Scotland’s chief medical officer, Catherine Calderwood, resigned after apologising for visiting her second home on two occasions.
This was before the government eased lockdown rules allowing two people from separate households to meet in the park – although gatherings in gardens or inside homes are still forbidden.
Mr Cummings was seen returning to work at Downing Street on April 14, when a spokesman for the PM said: ‘He certainly had coronavirus symptoms and that is why he self isolated.’
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.’
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