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.
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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