UK government bleeding credibility over Cummings journey during coronavirus lockdown – Cabinet member

epa08441931 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Special Advisor Dominic Cummings returns to his home in London, Britain, 24 May 2020. Calls for Cummings' resignation have increased since news broke the Cummings broke lockdown regulations while showing symptoms for Covid-19. EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s aide Dominic Cummings, who is under pressure over a long journey made while coronavirus restrictions were in place, has been reported to police over an alleged breach of the lockdown, the Daily Mirror said.

A spokesman at Johnson’s Downing Street did not offer an immediate comment when contacted by Reuters. Durham police could not immediately be reached for comment.

Meanwhile an unnamed cabinet member in Johnson’s Government said that the government is bleeding credibility over senior aide Dominic Cummings, who is facing calls to resign for a journey during the coronavirus lockdown, an unnamed cabinet member told ITV on Sunday.

“One cabinet member says they were “stunned” by the PM’s statement, with government “bleeding credibility” to keep Cummings in a job,” ITV Political Correspondent Paul Brand tweeted.

The Opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer said Britain’s most senior civil servant should launch an urgent inquiry into the actions of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s senior adviser Dominic Cummings over a journey made during lockdown.

Johnson on Sunday stood by Cummings, who Downing Street have said made a 400-km (250 mile) journey to ensure his 4-year-old son could be properly cared for as his wife was ill with COVID-19.

“This was a test of the Prime Minister and he has failed it,” said Starmer. “The Cabinet Secretary must now launch an urgent inquiry.”

Reuters / Sky News 

 

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