Boris backs Dominic Cummings after sacking calls 'he acted legally and with integrity'

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The Prime Minister defended the actions of Dominic Cummings for travelling with his family to Durham during lockdown. Mr Johnson told the daily coronavirus press conference that Mr Cummings’ actions were reasonable in the circumstances.

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The Prime Minister said: “I want to begin by answering the big question that people have been asking in the last 48 hours.

“Is this Government asking you the public to do one thing while senior people in Government do something else?

“Have we been asking you to make sacrifices while some people have basically been flouting those rules and endangering lives.

“It is because I take this matter so seriously that I can tell you today that I have had extensive face to face conversations with Dominic Cummings.  

Boris backs Dominic Cummings after sacking calls 'he acted legally and with integrity'

Boris Johnson defended Dominic Cummings (Image: Sky•PA)

Boris backs Dominic Cummings after sacking calls 'he acted legally and with integrity'

The importance of social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic (Image: Express)

“I have concluded that in travelling to find the right kind of childcare, at the moment when both he and his wife were about to be incapacitated by coronavirus and when he had no alternative, I think he followed the instincts of every father and every parent.

“I do not mark him down for that.”

“Though there have been many other allegations about what happened when he was in self-isolation and thereafter, I believe in every respect he has acted responsibly, legally and with integrity.”

Yesterday Boris Johnson’s chief strategist stated that he behaved “reasonably and legally’” after he was questioned regarding his trip to Durham by a group of journalists outside his house.

Mr Cummings told the group of journalists: “Who cares about looking good, it’s about doing the right thing.”

The senior advisor to the Prime Minister also told the group of journalists they were not standing two metres apart. 

At the time of writing, Britain has the fifth-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world.

The UK has more than 259,000 cases in total at the time of writing.

The death toll in Britain is currently over 36,000.

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Boris backs Dominic Cummings after sacking calls 'he acted legally and with integrity'

The UK Government’s exit strategy conditions (Image: Express)

Worldwide there have been more than 5.4 million COVID-19 cases.

The death toll has reached more than 345,000.

More than 2.2 million people have recovered from the coronavirus across the globe.

The United States has the highest amount of COVID-19 cases in the world with more than 1.6 million confirmed cases.


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