Tory MP caught flouting coronavirus rules by failing to wear a mask on a train


A Tory MP took a swipe at a fellow rail passenger who caught him without a mask on a train.

Danny Kruger, the MP for Devizes, said sorry after being snapped not wearing a face covering on a service into London Paddington.

The eagle-eyed commuter who recognised the mask-less MP posted the image on Twitter, saying: “Don’t blame it on the young people Boris when your own party aren’t even following your rules.”

In England, face coverings have been compulsory on public transport since June 15.

Mr Kruger, the son of Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith and a former political secretary to Boris Johnson, said: “I boarded an almost empty carriage at Hungerford and quite simply forgot to put on my mask.

Tory MP Danny Kruger was snapped without his mask on a train

“When I got to Paddington I realised my mistake and covered up for the rest of my journey.

“If the person had reminded me rather than taking a photo and posting it on social media I would of course have put on my mask then and there.

“I do apologise for my mistake.”

Great Western Railway, the train operator that runs the route between Hungerford and Paddington, warns passengers on its website that they face a £100 fine for failing to wear a face covering on its services.

A row is raging at the heart of Government over whether people should snitch to the police on fellow citizens they see breaking coronavirus rules.

Home Secretary Priti Patel and Health Secretary Matt Hancock have called on people to grass-up those flouting the laws.

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But Prime Minister Boris Johnson said last week: “I have never much been in favour of sneak culture, myself.

“What people should do in the first instance is obviously if they are concerned is raise it with their friends and neighbours.

“But I think what is reasonable for anyone to do is if they think there is a serious threat to public health as a result of their neighbours’ activities – if there is some huge kind of Animal House party taking place, as I am sure, hot tubs and so forth, and there is a serious threat to public health then it’s reasonable for the authorities to know.”

It comes as Mr Johnson was due to address MPs on Tuesday amid rumours that national lockdown measures banning socialising between two households could be put in place to halt the spread of the virus.





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