A Labour shadow minister has slammed the “charade” surrounding Dominic Cummings’ lockdown breach after being unable to see her partner for four days when he had a heart attack.
Cardiff North MP Anna McMorrin said the “charade cannot continue” after the senior aide was backed by No10 for traveling to Durham in April while suffering from coronavirus symptoms.
The shadow international development minister revealed she couldn’t see her partner and Blaenau Gwent AM Alun Davies as he fought for his life.
Mr Davies revealed in early April how he had suffered a cardiac arrest while running in Bute Park in Cardiff.
In a series of tweets on Sunday evening, she said: “My partner was rushed to hospital with a heart attack. I didn’t know if he was alive or dead as I waited outside A&E all night.
“I wasn’t able to see him for four days until he was discharged. But one rule for Cummings and another for the rest of us.”
She later added: “Flooded with emails from people who have made huge sacrifices and are furious.
“One unable to be with her dying mother and made 400-mile round trip for the funeral. Another got herself to hospital as she suffered a miscarriage by herself.
“This charade cannot continue.”
Boris Johnson’s top aide is facing calls to resign after he drove 260 miles from London with his wife and children in the height of lockdown, with the couple both displaying Covid-19 symptoms, to his parents’ home.
Cummings was first spotted outside his parents’ property by a neighbour on April 5. His mother has since confirmed her brother died that day.
He was then spotted walking by the River Tees near Barnard Castle on April 12 by retired teacher Robin Lees – 30 miles away from his parents’ home.
The Prime Minister yesterday backed his chief aide – who played a major role in his December re-election campaign – with Downing Street stating the trip was made out of childcare concerns.
Reports also say that an unnamed source saw Mr Cummings walking with his wife in Houghall Woods on April 19.
He was seen in London the next day.
Mr Cummings has denied making a second trip to the area, with a No10 spokesman describing the reports as “inaccurate”.
Tory MPs have since joined the chorus of fury over the PM’s astonishing defence of his top aide at Sunday’s press conference.
And experts said Mr Johnson’s spineless refusal to sack Mr Cummings undermined all the advice given over the lockdown rules in a bid to stop the spread of the virus, which has now killed 36,793 Brits, after the death rate rose by 118 yesterday.
Labour leader Keir Starmer said Mr Johnson’s claims that Mr Cummings had “no alternative” but to travel so far for childcare was “not a reasonable interpretation of the rules and the Prime Minister knows it”.
He added: “If I were Prime Minister I would have sacked Cummings, and there must now be an investigation into what has happened. It is an insult to sacrifices made by the British people that Boris Johnson has chosen to take no action against Cummings.
“The public will be forgiven for thinking there is one rule for the PM’s closest adviser and another for the British people. This was a test of the Prime Minister and he has failed it.”
Professor Stephen Reicher, a government science adviser, said: “I can say that in a few short minutes tonight, Boris Johnson has trashed all the advice we have given on how to build trust and secure adherence to the measures necessary to control Covid-19.
“Be open and honest, we said. Trashed. Respect the public, we said. Trashed Ensure equity, so everyone is treated the same, we said. Trashed. Be consistent we said. Trashed. Make clear ‘we are all in it together’. Trashed. It is very hard to provide scientific advice to a Government which doesn’t want to listen to science.”
Tories also laid into Mr Johnson over his bid to defend the indefensible – after he claimed Mr Cummings had acted “responsibly, legally and with integrity” when he drove up to Durham, despite the guidance.
Brexiteer Steve Baker said: “Dominic Cummings must go before he does any more harm to the UK, the Government, the Prime Minister, our institutions or the Conservative Party.”
North Dorset MP Simon Hoare added: “There cannot be one law for the Prime Minister’s staff and another for everyone else. He has sent out completely the wrong message and his position is no longer tenable.”