Dominic Cummings breaks cover to say he doesn't care how lockdown breach looks


Dominic Cummings has said he doesn’t care if his lockdown breaching trip to Durham looked good or not.

The senior governmental advisor emerged from his home this morning and answered reporters’ questions about the journey.

When asked if it looked good, he said: “Who cares about good looks?

“It’s a question of doing the right thing. It’s not about what you guys think.”

Earlier today Downing Street backed Mr Cummings in a statemet.

No10 said he believed he “behaved reasonably and legally” when travelling more than 250 miles from his London home to his parents’ house in Durham, a trip which came as the Government urged Britons to stay home to save lives.

No10 appeared to accuse the police of lying as a spokesman for the Prime Minister claims police didn’t speak to Mr Cummings or his family.

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Dominic Cummings leaves his home in London this morning

That’s despite a Durham police spokesman stating last night officers spoke to the owners of the home and explained self-isolation and essential travel guidelines “to the family”.

The lockdown visit when “known to be infected” with Covid-19 was “most unwise”, the county’s acting police and crime commissioner said as he backed the officers on Saturday.

Amid calls for the Prime Minister to explain what he knew about the visit, a Downing Street spokesman said: “Owing to his wife being infected with suspected coronavirus and the high likelihood that he would himself become unwell, it was essential for Dominic Cummings to ensure his young child could be properly cared for.

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Mr Cummings holds a ball outside his home
Mr Cummings holds a ball outside his home

“His sister and nieces had volunteered to help so he went to a house near to but separate from his extended family in case their help was needed.

“His sister shopped for the family and left everything outside.

“At no stage was he or his family spoken to by the police about this matter, as is being reported.

“His actions were in line with coronavirus guidelines.

“Mr Cummings believes he behaved reasonably and legally.”

The special advisor holds a child's bicycle
The special advisor holds a child’s bicycle

Britons have slammed the “hypocrisy” of the Prime Minister’s chief adviser.

Members of the public took to social media to pile pressure on Downing Street to sack the strategist.

Some users said they had not left their home to see their family since February, while others said the reports were making their “blood boil”.

One user, who gave his name as Tony, tweeted that he was unable to hug his father at his mother’s funeral, saying he was “frankly appalled”.

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He said: “The lack of care or thought for other people in not following the necessary guidelines to ‘flatten the curve’ by someone who was self-proclaiming their infection with the virus.

“The hypocrisy is unbelievable.”





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