Swarms of protestors held signs and hurled vile abuse outside the Prime Minister’s special adviser’s London home this week, after it was revealed he travelled 260-miles from the capital to County Durham during lockdown. Among the protestors included former BBC reporter Lara Pawson and TV producer Samuel Jones, who has worked on programmes for the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky, the Mail on Sunday reports.
On Monday, Ms Pawson who is a Green Party supporter and ardent Remainer, travelled to Mr Cummings’ London property and demonstrated for six hours.
The former BBC World Service reporter between 1998 to 2007, held aloft a sign which read “Cummings, you are full of s***”.
She wrote on Twitter: “I’ve spent the last 6 hours outside Dominic Cummings’ house.
Dominic Cummings leaves his London property
Samuel Jones holds a banner outside Dominic Cummings’ home
“My banner: CUMMINGS, YOU ARE FULL OF S***! I got very hot & sweaty but feel a bit better for having done it.
“When he arrived back, I shouted at him. Words included Entitled Elitist One Rule for You Shameless B*stard.”
Ms Pawson has since defended her behaviour, she said: “I wasn’t threatening, I was holding a piece of cardboard.”
In a statement to The Mail on Sunday, Ms Pawson said: “He seeks to undermine our democratic institutions.
Lara Pawson demonstrated outside Dominic Cummings’ home for six hours
“He shows no respect for the men and women working day and night at our hospitals to save lives – professional people who have repeatedly asked all of us to stay home.
“I have no respect for him at all.”
At the demonstration, Mr Jones another pro-EU supporter held a sign saying “Demonic Scummings must go”.
Mr Jones later defended his actions and insisted those gathered outside Mr Cummings’ home were behaving and “obeyed the rules”.
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Dominic Cummings defended his actions during a press conference from the rose gardens of Downing Street
In an opinion piece in The Guardian, he wrote: “On Monday, there was – at our peak – a handful of protesters quietly standing around and socially distanced on the pavement. A few of us had placards. Nobody was chanting.
“The police facilitating the protest confirmed we were not breaking the law and were very friendly to us.”
On the same day, during an extraordinary statement from the rose gardens of Downing Street, Mr Cummings insisted he behaved “reasonably” and did not regret his actions.
The Prime Minister’s chief adviser said he made the 260-mile trip from London to County Durham amid fears over a lack of childcare for his four-year-old son, if he and his wife became incapacitated with COVID-19, but also concerns about his family’s general safety.
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A timeline of Dominic Cummings’ trip to County Durham
Mr Cummings also confirmed he had driven 30 minutes from his parents’ home in County Durham to Barnard Castle to test his eyesight.
On Thursday Durham Constabulary said they would have told Mr Cummings to turn back if they had stopped him on his journey from his parents’ home in County Durham to Barnard Castle.
The police found that Mr Cummings may have committed “a minor breach” of coronavirus lockdown rules when he drove to Barnard Castle.
But the force said it did not consider Mr Cummings had committed an offence by locating himself at his father’s farm in the county.