As the UK went into lockdown back in March, the Prime Minister’s senior aide drove up to County Durham, 260 miles away from his London home, with his wife and four-year-old son.
Mr Cummings said, before travelling back down to London, he drove to Barnard Castle, around 30 miles from his parent’s home in Durham.
This, he explained, was to test whether he felt healthy enough for the longer trip back down to London after experience eyesight issues.
The excuse appears confusing given his wife is able to drive.
Mr Cummings is now facing pressure to resign after he was accused to breaching lockdown.
Dominic Cummings drove to County Durham during lockdown
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During a press conference yesterday, Mr Cummings addressed the accusations in an extraordinary press conference in Downing Street.
Many people have called out the senior advisor for driving to a beauty spot during the deadly pandemic.
It later emerged his wife could drive, after she described a road trip in a 2012 article in the Spectator.
The article, which won a travel prize, included the following lines: “I drove for an hour every morning, slaloming past the road-rage wrecks of battered trucks, up the 135 from Dallas to Denton.
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Dominic Cummings claimed he drove to Barnard Castle to test his health and eye sight
“After endless questions, check-ups and phone calls, the Wisdom Center administrative team had accept that I was just a young Brit who’d been so impressed by seeing the Mentor on television, that I’d driven out to his ministry to volunteer.”
During the press conference, Mr Cummings revealed “at some point” during the first week of his illness, he told the Prime Minister what he had done.
He said they were both so sick that neither of them remembers the conversation in any detail.
He added: “I have explained all the above to the Prime Minister.
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“At some point during the first week, when we were both sick and in bed, I mentioned to him what I had done.
“Unsurprisingly, given the condition we were in, neither of us remember the conversation in any detail.”
Mr Johnson is facing mounting pressure from the public and opposition leader’s as he defended Mr Cummings’ actions and said he “acted responsibly, legally and with integrity”.
The PM said: “I have had extensive face-to-face conversations with Dominic Cummings.
Dominic Cummings says he had to drive to Barnard Castle despite his wife being able to drive
“Though there have been many other allegations about what happened when he was in self-isolation and thereafter, I believe that in every respect he has acted responsibly and legally and with integrity and with the overwhelming aim of stopping the spread of the virus and saving lives.
“I think he followed the instincts of every father and every parent. And I do not mark him down for that.”
Mr Johnson went on to reject claims his strategy mastermind breached the Government’s own lockdown advice to stay at home and avoid long-distance travel.
He said: “The advice makes it absolutely clear that if you have particular childcare issues then that is a factor that has to be taken into account.
Boris Johnson defended Dominic Cummings’ actions
“And when I look at what actually happened, Dominic Cummings and his family self-isolated for 14 days and that is what you’ve got to do.”
Mr Johnson did acknowledge that some people would be concerned about the reports of Mr Cummings’s behaviour.
He said: “I can totally get why people might feel so confused and so offended by the idea that it is one thing for people here and another thing for others.
“But really, having looked at what happened, having looked at his intentions and what he was trying to do for the good of his family, I really think most people will understand what he was doing and, above all, what he did.
“If you look at the measures that he took, they were designed to stop the spread of the virus.”
However, he failed to comment on claims Mr Cummings travelled to Barnard Castle back in April.