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'Double standards' or time to 'respect' PM? Politicians differ over Dominic Cummings treatment

David Lee

'Double standards' or time to 'respect' PM? Politicians differ over Dominic Cummings treatment

MP Joy Morrissey has backed Dominic Cummings after the Prime Minister’s chief adviser faced calls to resign for travelling from London to Durham during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Mr Cummings addressed the nation at a press conference on Sunday to clarify his actions following reports in national newspapers he had flouted lockdown rules.

The political strategist said he drove 260 miles to a cottage on his father’s land on March 27 due to fears he and his wife would not be able to care for their young child if they fell seriously ill with COVID-19.

He added he completed a 60-mile round-trip to Barnard Castle on April 12, 15 days after he first displayed symptoms of coronavirus, to test out his eyesight ahead of a potential return to London.

Conservative MP Joy Morrissey, whose constituency includes Burnham and Marlow, said the time had come to ‘respect’ Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to keep Mr Cummings in his post.

Her statement said: “People have made many sacrifices during lockdown to help slow the spread of the virus. It is therefore entirely understandable and justifiable that people had serious questions about Mr Cummings’ trip to Durham.

“However, having now explained himself to the public, and answered numerous questions from journalists, I think it is time we respect the Prime Minister’s decision to keep Mr Cummings in his important position.

“We now need to refocus on continuing to lift the lockdown safely and securely so we can get our economy moving, and reunite with our loved ones once more.”

Windsor MP Adam Afriyie added: “It is right that Mr Cummings has explained the reasons for the actions he took to protect his wife and young child.

“I continue to focus my energies on lifting lockdown safely to secure the livelihoods of my constituents and get our economy back on track.”

Slough MP Tan Dhesi accused the Prime Minister and his chief adviser of ‘double standards’ over the Government’s official guidance to ‘Stay Home, Save Lives, Protect the NHS’ during the UK lockdown.

The Labour MP said: “Millions of people have made incredible sacrifices during lockdown – they’ve stayed at home, to protect our NHS and save lives.

“Many have gone months without seeing loved ones and missed births, birthdays and funerals.

“Therefore people are rightly livid about the double standards of Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings, with respect to the government guidance they themselves imposed on everyone.

“There simply cannot be one rule for the Government elite and another for the rest of us.”

Maidenhead MP Theresa May had not responded to a request for comment on the issue at the time of going to press.

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  • be_ transparent

    22:58, 28 May 2020

    I am going to call Tan Dhesi out for double standards just like the Express - neither of which wrote or called for Alistair Campbell to be sacked/reported to the police etc for breaking these social distancing rules. Or the reporters that camped outside Dominic Cummings house with no social distancing either. Or Leo Varadkar. The left thinks if it shouts loud enough it gets what it wants. Well tough it doesn’t when people have a backbone. The left has massive double standards and it thinks we haven’t cottoned on to Emily Maitlis, Beth Rigby, Robert Peston, Adam Boulton are all massively biased in their reporting yet none of them have been sacked despite breaking all their own editorial impartiality guidelines.. Sky never talks about the origins of the virus - could it be that Comcast, Sky’s owners have big investments in China ?

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  • Pursuer

    17:29, 28 May 2020

    Who runs this country, Boris or Dominic & Carrie. Boris looks shattered.He should take a few weeks off and fully recover as he clearly hasn't got a grip at the moment

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  • Stranger

    16:56, 28 May 2020

    Dominic Cummings as a senior civil servant has "cachet", just like a French nobleman before the French Revolution. He relied on the fact that his car's number plate, just as with other senior civil servants, army officers and senior police officers - is flagged on police ANPR systems as a government number plate as belonging to a special class of elite aristocracy. He knew he wouldn't be stopped. He didn't know he wouldn't be seen. They will In Slough you get abusive and heavy-handed policing, because the people of Slough are majorly non-white, the police who get posted in Slough are TVP's worst, and they don't live in Slough, and besides, "anything goes" in Slough. Cummings and Slough people belong to 2 different worlds. You can have as much education as you want, have a plummy accent even, but the police would NOT have given you an inch of leeway for breaching lockdown in Slough. They don't follow the rules in the best of times and would NOT have listened to your excuse. There were 4 or 5 packed vans with police officers in the high street, who probably had riot gear ready, during the height of the lockdown. And boy, did they enjoy their little power trip. They had their little Facebook dance-a-thons and got their free curries. Cummings has "cachet". In Slough you won't be treated the same way as someone who lives in Maidenhead, and you most certainly are not a "citizen" in the same way as the lord of pseudo-science and plagiarism, our very own Robespierre, Dominic Cummings

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