Dominic Cummings ‘broke lockdown again’ by driving to see parents for second time

Number 10 Downing Street special advisor Dominic Cummings gets out of his car as he arrives at his home in London on May 23, 2020 after allegations he broke coronavirus lockdown rules by travelling across the country in March. - The British government on May 23 rejected calls to sack top adviser Dominic Cummings over allegations he broke coronavirus lockdown rules by travelling across the country while displaying symptoms of the disease. Cummings left his London home shortly after he was diagnosed with the virus on March 30, and was later seen with his young son close to his parents' home in Durham, more than 250 miles (400 kilometres) away. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Boris Johnson’s top adviser broke lockdown rules for a second time by visiting his parents 250 miles away.

Dominic Cummings is already the centre of a political storm after it emerged he made the trip to Durham with his family while his wife suffered from coronavirus symptoms. Around two weeks later he returned to work in Downing Street and was pictured outside the PM’s residence.

But two days later on April 19 he was spotted back near his parents’ home on a walk with his wife. One eyewitness at Houghall Woods said the Brexiteer political strategist remarked: ‘Aren’t the bluebells lovely?’

The Prime Minister has been under increasing pressure to sack Cummings but he is yet to comment publicly on the matter. Downing Street stood by him after the first visit to Durham, saying he acted ‘in line with coronavirus guidelines’ by driving to his parents to organise childcare in case he also fell ill with Covid-19.

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Several cabinet members jumped to his defence also, including Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who held an excruciating press conference this afternoon which was dominated by the scandal.

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