Ministers squirm as they insist Dominic Cummings did NOT break rules

Ministers squirmed tonight as they denied Dominic Cummings broke lockdown rules when he drove 260 miles to his mother and father’ house whereas in coronavirus self-isolation.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps advised the Downing Street briefing that the No10 chief had the ‘full assist’ of Boris Johnson, as he confronted a barrage of questions.
Mr Shapps insisted Mr Cummings had been entitled to journey from London along with his spouse and younger son to get ‘someplace the place members of his household can help’.
He insisted the vital factor was that the adviser had ‘stayed put’ for 2 weeks as soon as he arrived on the property in March.  
Timeline of Cummings’ lockdown row  March 23: As the coronavirus disaster escalates, the UK is positioned into lockdown with strict limitations on journey.
The Government pointers state: ‘You shouldn’t be visiting members of the family who don’t dwell in your house.’
Those in a family with signs should ‘keep at house and never depart the home’ for as much as 14 days. 
March 27: Both Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock take a look at optimistic for coronavirus, whereas chief medical officer Chris Whitty says he has signs of the illness and is self-isolating.
March 30: Downing Street confirms Mr Cummings is affected by coronavirus signs and is self-isolating.
March 31: Durham police are ‘made conscious of studies that a person had travelled from London to Durham and was current at an tackle within the metropolis’.
The drive stated officers ‘made contact with the house owners of that tackle who confirmed that the person in query was current and was self-isolating in a part of the home.
‘In line with nationwide policing steering, officers defined to the household the preparations round self-isolation pointers and reiterated the suitable recommendation round important journey.’
April 5: An unnamed neighbour tells the Mirror and the Guardian Mr Cummings was seen in his mother and father’ backyard .
‘I obtained the shock of my life as I appeared over to the gates and noticed him,’ they stated. 
March 30 – April 6: The interval Mr Cummings’ spouse Mary Wakefield describes the household’s battle with coronavirus within the April 25 challenge of the Spectator.
She makes no point out of the journey to Durham and describes the challenges of caring for his or her son whereas struggling the signs of Covid-19.
She says their small son nursed Mr Cummings with Ribena. 
April 14: Mr Cummings returns to work for the primary time since information he was affected by Coronavirus emerged.
Questions are raised about his adherence to social distancing recommendation as he’s photographed strolling down Downing Street with fellow aide Cleo Watson.
May 22: News breaks within the Mirror and the Guardian of Mr Cummings’ journey to Durham.
May 23: Downing Street stands by the PM’s chief aide, saying in an announcement: ‘Owing to his spouse being contaminated with suspected coronavirus and the excessive probability that he would himself turn into unwell, it was important for Dominic Cummings to make sure his younger youngster could possibly be correctly cared for.’  

Meanwhile, deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries dodged as she was pressed on whether or not the steering allowed the behaviour. ‘If you might be symptomatic you keep put,’ she stated. ‘Take your self out of society as rapidly as you possibly can with your loved ones.’ She stated the one exception was if there was ‘threat to life’.   
Earlier, a defiant Mr Cummings responded ‘who cares’ when he was requested by reporters whether or not his actions appeared dangerous.
‘It’s a query of doing the correct factor. It’s not about what you guys assume,’ he stated.
He additionally berated photographers for not following social distancing rules by staying two metres aside.
His mom additionally let rip on a reporter. Speaking from the household house through intercom, she stated: ‘I’ve obtained one factor to say, Dominic’s uncle died on Palm Sunday and you ought to be ashamed of your self.’  
The uncompromising stance got here as the federal government launched a concerted effort to shore up the important thing aide. 
In an announcement, a No10 spokesman stated: ‘Owing to his spouse being contaminated with suspected Coronavirus and the excessive probability that he would himself turn into unwell, it was important for Dominic Cummings to make sure his younger youngster could possibly be correctly cared for. 
‘His sister and nieces had volunteered to assist so he went to a home close to to however separate from his prolonged household in case their assist was wanted. His sister shopped for the household and left every thing exterior.’ 
Although Durham police has confirmed the household was given recommendation on lockdown rules, the assertion added: ‘At no stage was he or his household spoken to by the police about this matter, as is being reported.’ 
A number of Cabinet ministers additionally rallied spherical. Michael Gove, Mr Cummings’ former boss, tweeted: ‘Caring to your spouse and youngster will not be a criminal offense.’ Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Matt Hancock additionally supplied backing.  
But a tweet from Mr Johnson’s account this afternoon underlined the difficulty ministers face explaining the state of affairs. 
‘If you might have signs of #coronavirus, you need to self-isolate and get your self examined,’ the message stated. 
The authorities steering on the time stated that these self-isolating ‘should keep at house and never depart the home’, as properly as ‘staying away’ from weak aged folks. In an account of their ordeal printed final month, Mr Cummings’ journalist spouse Mary Wakefield additionally described how he was nursed by their small son with Ribena – suggesting he stayed with them all through. The PM’s official spokesman advised reporters on the time that Mr Cummings was isolating ‘at house’. 
The bombshell revelations sparked accusations of hypocrisy with Mr Cummings’ place branded ‘untenable’, and indicators of disquiet amongst Tory MPs.  
Labour tonight wrote to Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill demanding an inquiry into the adviser’s actions. Shadow minister Rachel Reeves stated within the missive: The British folks have made vital and painful sacrifices to assist the nationwide effort, together with being away from household in instances of want. It is due to this fact important that the Government can reassure the general public that its most senior figures have been adhering to the identical rules as everybody else.’ 
And Mr Cummings confronted requires his resignation within the Spectator journal, the place his spouse works. Columnist Alex Massie wrote: ‘He should go and he should go now.’ 
Mr Cummings (pictured leaving house along with his son at this time) insisted he was entitled to make the journey to get to household 

Challenged by reporters at his London house this afternoon whether or not his actions appeared dangerous, a defiant Dominic Cummings stated ‘who cares about attractiveness’

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps advised the Downing Street briefing that the No10 chief had the ‘full assist’ of Boris Johnson, as he confronted a barrage of questions. Mr Cummings travelled along with his spouse Mary Wakefield (pictured proper at this time)

Dominic Cummings was combating for his political life at this time as stress mounted on Boris Johnson to sack his chief adviser for flouting lockdown rules (duo pictured in September)

Dominic Cummings and spouse Mary Wakefield, who wrote about her husband’s coronavirus battle 

Mr Cummings’ mother and father’ farm, the place he relocated along with his spouse and son when they got here down with coronavirus signs 

The property in Durham has a sequence of outbuildings, and it’s thought Mr Cummings stayed in certainly one of them along with his household

No10 has insisted that Mr Cummings was in a separate a part of the property, and had no contact along with his prolonged household

The Downing Street aide is claimed to have travelled from London to his mother and father’ house in Durham in March

Repeatedly grilled on the controversy on the briefing this night, Mr Shapps stated: ‘The vital factor is that everybody stays in the identical place while they are on lockdown which is precisely what occurred in I believe the case you are referring to with Mr Cummings.
‘The prime minister may have identified he was staying put and he did not come out once more till he was feeling higher.’
Mr Shapps added: ‘The steering says if you happen to’re dwelling with kids preserve following this recommendation to the most effective of your capability.
‘However, we’re conscious that not all these measures can be doable relying due to this fact on circumstances.’  
Suggesting the steering was all the way down to particular person interpretation, Mr Shapps stated: ‘It’s for a person to make the choice ‘how do I be sure that I’ve obtained sufficient assist across the household’, notably within the case you might be referring to with a possible of each mother and father ending up being in poor health and having a younger youngster to take care of.
‘How do you might have that assist community round them, and the choice right here was to go to that location and keep in that location. They do not then want to maneuver round from there and so it might be for every particular person to work out one of the best ways to do this, which is what’s occurred right here.’
Mr Shapps added: ‘You need to get your self in lockdown and do this in the most effective and most sensible approach – and I believe that can be totally different for various folks underneath no matter circumstances, their specific household variations, occur to dictate, that is all that is occurred on this case.’
On whether or not Mr Johnson knew of Mr Cummings actions, Mr Shapps identified that the PM had been in poor health himself on the time.  ‘I can inform you the PM gives Mr Cummings along with his full assist and Mr Cummings has supplied a full assertion,’ he stated.  
Asked to make clear steering about travelling throughout lockdown, Dr Jenny Harries stated it was ‘clear’ somebody with signs ought to self-isolate together with their household.
But she stated all of the steering had a ‘frequent sense’ component about safeguarding. Dr Harries stated: ‘So we do not need an aged individual sitting at house with out their treatment as a result of they really feel they cannot come out.’
Dr Harries stated if there was a ‘safeguarding challenge’ the place a toddler had ‘no assist’, that was additionally a difficulty.
‘There’s all the time a safeguarding clause in all the recommendation,’ she stated, including: ‘The interpretation of that recommendation might be for others.’  
Sources near Mr Cummings say there’s ‘zero probability’ of him quitting. 
High-profile resignations of architects of the lockdown who flouted rules, such as Prof Neil Fergurson and Scotland chief medical officer Catherine Calderwood, have paved a precedent for Mr Cummings to stop. 
There has been little sympathy from Britons wrestling with equally troublesome conditions in the course of the well being disaster, who’re anticipated by the federal government to stay to the measures.    
Dorset police and crime commissioner Martyn Underhill warned this morning that the breach can be thrown within the face of officers as they tried to restrain sun-seeking guests on what is anticipated to be a scorching financial institution vacation weekend.
Mr Underhill stated the furore would inevitably be cited by folks flocking to magnificence spots and seashores in Dorset this weekend. 
‘It is unlucky the timing of this as it will be the busiest weekend Dorset has seen this 12 months,’ he stated.   
What had been the rules when Cummings ‘broke’ lockdown? 
When Boris Johnson launched the UK lockdown he gave ‘a quite simple instruction – you should keep at house’. 
The rules, introduced in a speech the PM made to the nation on March 23, said that individuals would solely be allowed to go away the home for restricted functions.
These had been searching for fundamentals, one type of train a day, travelling to and from work, however solely the place completely vital, and medical wants.
Reinforcing the message, he stated folks mustn’t meet members of the family who don’t dwell with them. 
The official steering on the time stated: ‘You shouldn’t be visiting members of the family who don’t dwell in your house.
‘You ought to be in contact with them utilizing telephone or video calls.’
Only in distinctive circumstances had been folks allowed to attend family’ addresses; for instance, to drop off meals or drugs to their door. 
The steering issued by the federal government additionally gave particular directions to these in households with coronavirus signs. 
Dominic Cummings’ spouse Mary Wakefield got here down with signs first, earlier than he developed them shortly afterwards.
The rules state that the primary individual within the family to have signs of coronavirus ‘should keep at house for at the very least 7 days, however all different family members who stay properly should keep at house and never depart the home for 14 days’.  
‘For anybody else within the family who begins displaying signs, they want to remain at house for at the very least 7 days from when the signs appeared, no matter what day they are on within the authentic 14 day isolation interval,’ the steering states.
The steering doesn’t particularly check with childcare, however says: ‘If you possibly can, transfer any weak people (such as the aged and people with underlying well being circumstances) out of your private home, to stick with pals or household at some stage in the house isolation interval.’ 

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner weighed in to say Mr Cummings’s actions had made policing the lockdown ‘a lot more durable’.
In an announcement, former Labour MP David Jamieson stated: ‘The police’s job of implementing the lockdown has been made a lot more durable after each the actions of Dominic Cummings travelling over 260 miles and the flexibleness with which the Government now appear to interpret the steering. 
He urged the PM to sack his adviser ‘to revive public confidence and a few credibility to his dealing with of this dreadful Covid-19 disaster’.
Tory aides who’ve felt the wrath of Mr Cummings had been additionally withering about his controversy. 
‘Couldn’t occur to a nicer man,’ one advised MailOnline. ‘But I’m positive they will not concede him.’ 
Another agreed that Mr Cummings wouldn’t go. ‘He’s too wanted,’ they stated. ‘Who else can be keen to meet the function he is created?’  
Labour claimed Number 10’s explanations for Mr Cummings’s behaviour ‘raised extra questions than they reply’ together with when the Prime Minister was made conscious of his determination to journey from London to Durham throughout lockdown.
The letter added: ‘The British folks don’t count on there to be one rule for them and one other rule for the Prime Minister’s most senior adviser.’
It comes after the SNP wrote to Sir Mark earlier to name for an investigation into the matter. 
SNP Westminster chief Ian Blackford stated: ‘He must have resigned by now, nevertheless it’s fairly clear after that efficiency at this time by the Transport Secretary that there is no such thing as a actual defence and that Dominic Cummings ought to now be sacked by the Prime Minister.’
He added: ‘We ought to have been listening to from the Prime Minister at this time… The Prime Minister wants to return clear about when he knew about this, whether or not or not he authorised this, why he hasn’t taken his obligations in asking Dominic Cummings to resign? But, failing that, ensuring that he sacks him.
‘Because this man has undermined the general public messaging that the UK Government has sought to ship.’
But Mr Raab stated at this time: ‘It’s affordable and truthful to ask for a proof on this.
‘And it has been supplied: two mother and father with coronavirus, had been anxiously caring for their younger youngster.
‘Those now in search of to politicise it ought to take a protracted exhausting look within the mirror.’  
Culture secretary Oliver Dowden tweeted: ‘Dom Cummings adopted the rules and taken care of his household. End of story.’
An in depth pal of Mr Cummings stated in a single day: ‘He is not remotely bothered by this story, it is extra pretend information from the Guardian. 
‘There is zero probability of him resigning.’  
Durham’s appearing police and crime commissioner sadi Mr Cummings’ journey from London to County Durham was ‘most unwise’.
In an announcement, Steve White stated: ‘Given the entire ethos of the steering and rules issued from the Government was to scale back the unfold, no matter purpose, by travelling to County Durham when identified to be contaminated was most unwise.
‘To beat this disaster we have to be selfless as thousands and thousands have been. The response by the folks of County Durham and Darlington have been exemplary, which makes this most irritating and regarding.’
Mr White, a former head of the Police Federation in England and Wales, added: ‘Incidents such as this don’t assist, and I can respect that the longer this goes on the more durable it will get, however I encourage the folks of County Durham and Darlington to maintain up the excellent effort seen to this point by utilizing frequent sense when following the steering to remain alert and proceed to social distance.’
Neighbours had been ‘shocked’ to see him within the North East just a few days after he was pictured in Westminster and introduced to be isolating with Covid-19 signs.
His spouse, the journalist Mary Wakefield, wrote about his battle with the illness and recommended he was holed up at their London residence, as did the Prime Minister’s spokesperson on the time.
But final evening a Mirror and Guardian investigation revealed that he was quizzed for breaching lockdown curbs limiting journey. 
A spokesman for Durham Constabulary stated: ‘On Tuesday, March 31, our officers had been made conscious of studies that a person had travelled from London to Durham and was current at an tackle within the metropolis. 
‘Officers made contact with the house owners of that tackle who confirmed that the person in query was current and was self-isolating in a part of the home. 
‘In line with nationwide policing steering, officers defined to the household the rules round self-isolation and reiterated the suitable recommendation round important journey.’  

A tweet from Mr Johnson’s account this afternoon underlined the difficulty ministers face explaining the state of affairs (left). Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (proper) supplied backing to Mr Cummings

The authorities was nonetheless placing out data telling folks to not go to the house of family and friends at this time

Amid a concerted Tory effort to shore up the important thing aide, Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Matt Hancock voiced backing for his behaviour

Cummings’ spouse spoke of coronavirus ordeal – however did not point out the household went to Durnham  Dominic Cummings’ spouse Mary Wakefield gave an account of their expertise with coronavirus in a Spectator article and BBC look.
But the journalist did not point out that the household relocated to Durham for childcare for his or her son.   
Ms Wakefield stated her husband ‘rushed house’ after she grew to become in poor health. ‘But 24 hours later he stated ”I really feel bizarre”.’ 
She went on: ‘Day in, time out for ten days he lay doggo with a excessive fever and spasms that made the muscle groups lump and twitch in his legs. He may breathe, however solely in a restricted, shallow approach.
‘After per week, we reached peak corona uncertainty. Day six is a turning level, I used to be advised: that is whenever you both get higher or head for ICU. 
‘But was Dom combating off the bug or was he heading for a ventilator? Who knew? I sat on his mattress watching his chest, making an attempt to depend his breaths per minute. 
‘The little oxygen reader we might purchased on Amazon indicated that he needs to be in hospital, however his lips weren’t blue and he may discuss in full sentences, such as: ‘Please cease watching my chest, sweetheart.’
The neighbour, who did not wish to give their identify, advised the Mirror: ‘I obtained the shock of my life. There was a toddler, presumably his little boy, working round in entrance. I recognised Dominic Cummings, he is a really distinctive determine. 
‘I used to be actually aggravated. I believed ‘it is OK so that you can drive all the way in which as much as Durham and escape from London’. 
‘I sympathise with him wanting to do this however different individuals are not allowed to do this. It’s one rule for Dominic Cummings and one rule for the remainder of us.’ 
On April 14, the aide was pictured again in Westminster for the primary time since his coronavirus restoration.   
Mr Cummings was not slapped with the £60 effective for breaching the rules, which had been ushered in on March 26.
They said: ‘You shouldn’t be visiting members of the family who don’t dwell in your house. 
‘The solely exception is that if they need assistance, such as having buying or treatment dropped off.’
The day after these curbs had been enforced, on March 27, Mr Cummings raised eyebrows when he was pictured sprinting alongside Downing Street after it was introduced that Mr Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock had examined optimistic for coronavirus.
On March 30, information broke that the aide was self-isolating with Covid-19 signs, and the PM’s spokesperson later confirmed he was ‘at house’. 
The PM’s official spokesman advised journalists: ‘I believe he is in contact with No10 however he’s at house, he’s self-isolating, he has some signs.’ 
Several days later, on April 5, Mr Cummings allegedly remained on the property in Durham and was noticed by a neighbour of Mr Cummings’ mother and father, Robert, 73, and Morag, 71.
They claimed they noticed him exterior the property whereas passing for his or her each day train and heard Abba’s Dancing Queen enjoying loudly.
The neighbour noticed the political aide, carrying a shawl and coat, and with a small boy working round, believed to be his son.   

The authorities issued its newest slides exhibiting the standing of the coronavirus outbreak within the UK this night

The revelations have stirred up fury and political rivals lined as much as accuse Mr Cummings of hypocrisy and demand he resign

Piers Morgan vows to break lockdown except Cummings is sacked  Piers Morgan has issued an offended ultimatum to Boris Johnson over claims his chief aide Dominic Cummings broke lockdown rules by visiting his mother and father.
‘If Boris would not fireplace Cummings at this time, then I’ll deem the Lockdown over & drive all the way down to see my mother and father (from a 2m distance) for the primary time in 12 weeks. I’m not having one rule for these clowns & one other for the remainder of us,’ The Good Morning Britain star posted on Twitter.
Mr Cummings stands accused of breaking Government rules by travelling tons of of miles to his mother and father’ house in Durham from his house in London whereas he and his spouse had been stated to be isolating due to coronavirus signs.
This morning Mr Cummings advised reporters his go to was about ‘doing the correct factor’, after Number 10 stated he acted ‘moderately and legally’ on the time.
When he returned to work, Mr Cummings’ spouse, an editor at The Spectator, wrote about their expertise of self-isolating in lockdown. 
In the identical challenge of The Spectator, Mr Cummings wrote: ‘At the tip of March and for the primary two weeks of April I used to be in poor health, so we had been each shut in collectively.’ 
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick clung on to his cupboard job following revelations he had travelled from London to his nation house. 
Mr Jenrick was additionally criticised for travelling 150 miles from his London property to his Herefordshire house from the place he travelled to his mother and father in Shropshire.
However, he defended his actions, saying he went to ship meals and drugs to his isolating mother and father.
This month Professor Neil Ferguson stop as a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) after it was revealed his girlfriend had been visiting him throughout lockdown. 
Scotland Yard criticised his behaviour as ‘plainly disappointing’ however dominated out issuing a effective as a result of he ‘has taken duty’ after resigning as a key Government adviser within the coronavirus response. 
Scotland’s chief medical officer, Catherine Calderwood, additionally stop after making two journeys to her second house throughout lockdown.
Despite Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon backing Dr Calderwood to stay in her place, she in the end determined to relinquish her function so as to not be a ‘distraction’ from the Government’s social-distancing message. 
Mr Cummings was is a long-serving political aide who has garnered a popularity as a maverick in Westminster.
He made waves as a particular adviser to then Education Secretary Michael Gove, who locked horns with academics he referred to as the ‘blob’.
The arch-Brexiteer masterminded the Vote Leave victory within the 2016 referendum, however was rapidly solid into the political wilderness when Theresa May grew to become premier.
Neighbours in Durham break up over No10 chief’s lockdown go to  The property the place Mr Cummings is known to have travelled 260 miles to along with his household is a stone cottage with a separate constructing to the rear. 
The interval home, to the south of the historic metropolis of Durham, is positioned in a rural setting, surrounded by bushes and farmland, however on a busy important highway. 
One neighbour described how an enormous signal saying ‘Brexit means Brexit’ was on show for a time on household owned land within the space. 
The substantial house, which is estimated to be value round £695,000, seems to have separate lodging on the again. 
The common value of a home in Durham is simply £193,000. 
Some locals reacted angrily to the information the political advisor had apparently damaged lockdown rules. 
However, others remained defiant, and spoke in assist of the 48-year-old. Amanda Fay, 46, an organization director, a neighbour of the mother and father of Dominic Cummings, stated: ‘He is an fool, it is a joke, it’s unfair. 
‘I do not know why he needs to be allowed to journey. ‘How can it’s for childcare? How is that doable? He is staying with aged mother and father as properly which is clearly placing them in danger. 
‘Considering he additionally had signs that makes it even worse, much more stunning. ‘It’s as although he can do no matter he desires. He is placing folks in Durham in danger. Why ought to he not get reprimanded for it? 
‘I agree with lots of people, he ought to resign. Why make rules you possibly can’t abide by?’ 
Another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, defended him and stated: ‘I by no means noticed him in individual. ‘But I’m positive he behaved completely whereas he was right here. 
‘I believe it’s totally affordable, if it is an emergency, I do not see any purpose to stand up tight.’  
He returned to authorities in 2019 as Mr Johnson’s most senior adviser in Downing Street. 
The property the place Mr Cummings is known to have travelled 260 miles to along with his household is a stone cottage with a separate constructing to the rear. 
The interval home, to the south of the historic metropolis of Durham, is positioned in a rural setting, surrounded by bushes and farmland, however on a busy important highway. 
One neighbour described how an enormous signal saying ‘Brexit means Brexit’ was on show for a time on household owned land within the space. 
The substantial house, which is estimated to be value round £695,000, seems to have separate lodging on the again. 
The common value of a home in Durham is simply £193,000. 
Some locals reacted angrily to the information the political advisor had apparently damaged lockdown rules. 
However, others remained defiant, and spoke in assist of the 48-year-old. Amanda Fay, 46, an organization director, a neighbour of the mother and father of Dominic Cummings, stated: ‘He is an fool, it is a joke, it’s unfair. 
‘I do not know why he needs to be allowed to journey. ‘How can it’s for childcare? How is that doable? He is staying with aged mother and father as properly which is clearly placing them in danger. 
‘Considering he additionally had signs that makes it even worse, much more stunning. ‘It’s as although he can do no matter he desires. He is placing folks in Durham in danger. Why ought to he not get reprimanded for it? 
‘I agree with lots of people, he ought to resign. Why make rules you possibly can’t abide by?’ 
Another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, defended him and stated: ‘I by no means noticed him in individual. ‘But I’m positive he behaved completely whereas he was right here. 
‘I believe it’s totally affordable, if it is an emergency, I do not see any purpose to stand up tight.’  
Who are the opposite high-profile figures accused of breaking the lockdown?
Professor Neil Ferguson
The scientist, whose analysis helped usher within the lockdown, resigned from his function as a key Government adviser after admitting that he had undermined social distancing rules by reportedly assembly his ‘lover’ Antonia Staats at his house.
Scotland Yard criticised his behaviour as ‘plainly disappointing’ however dominated out issuing a effective as a result of he ‘has taken duty’ after resigning as a key Government adviser within the coronavirus response.
Dr Catherine Calderwood
Scotland’s chief medical officer resigned in April after twice breaking lockdown restrictions in an effort to go to her second house, which was situated greater than an hour away from her important residence in Edinburgh.
Despite Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon backing Dr Calderwood to stay in her place, she in the end determined to relinquish her function so as to not be a ‘distraction’ from the Government’s social-distancing message.
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick

Robert Jenrick
The Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary was compelled to clarify himself after travelling greater than an hour to go to his mother and father regardless of warning folks to stay at house.
Mr Jenrick was additionally criticised for travelling 150 miles from his London property to his Herefordshire house from the place he travelled to his mother and father in Shropshire.
However, he defended his actions, saying he went to ship meals and drugs to his isolating mother and father.
Stephen Kinnock
The MP for Aberavon in South Wales was publicly shamed by police after travelling to London to rejoice his father’s birthday.
After Mr Kinnock posted a photograph on Twitter of himself practising social distancing along with his mother and father exterior their house, South Wales Police replied: ‘We know celebrating your Dad’s birthday is a stunning factor to do, nevertheless this isn’t important journey. We all have our half to play on this, we urge you to adjust to (lockdown) restrictions, they are in place to maintain us all secure. Thank you.’

From Vote Leave to Team Boris: The rise of Dominic Cummings, the political maverick accused of breaking lockdown rules
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s senior aide Dominic Cummings has allegedly been caught breaking lockdown rules by visiting his mother and father’ house in Durham whereas he was recovering from Covid-19.
Mr Cummings rose to notoriety in politics, first as an adviser to Michael Gove after which as marketing campaign director on the official Brexit group Vote Leave.
He was portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in a Channel four drama in regards to the Brexit marketing campaign, which performed up his function in protecting a purple bus with the disputed £350 million per week determine, arguing the money could possibly be used to fund the NHS.
Mr Cummings, a hate determine for a lot of pro-EU politicians, stated the £350 million/NHS argument was ‘essential to win’ the marketing campaign.
Mr Johnson appointed Mr Cummings to his high group as senior adviser at Number 10 when he grew to become Prime Minister in the summertime of 2019

Mr Johnson appointed Mr Cummings to his high group as senior adviser at Number 10 when he grew to become Prime Minister in the summertime of 2019.
The appointment of the abrasive former marketing campaign director was controversial, given he was discovered to be in contempt of Parliament earlier within the 12 months for refusing to present proof to MPs investigating misinformation.
Mr Cummings has constructed a popularity as somebody who doesn’t play by the rules of typical politics.
He was as soon as known as a ‘profession psychopath’ by former prime minister David Cameron, in accordance with extensively reported remarks.
But Mr Cummings isn’t any stranger to an insult both, describing David Davis, then the Brexit secretary, as ‘thick as mince, lazy as a toad and useless as Narcissus’ in July 2017.
Mr Cummings rose to notoriety in politics, first as an adviser to Michael Gove after which as marketing campaign director on the official Brexit group Vote Leave 

The December 2019 election victory gave Mr Johnson the political capital he wanted to take daring choices – and Mr Cummings quickly set to work on his aim of reshaping Whitehall, issuing a recruitment name for information scientists, economists and ‘weirdos and misfits with odd abilities’ to shake up the Civil Service.
In April, it was revealed Mr Cummings has additionally been current at conferences co-ordinating the response to the coronavirus pandemic as a part of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage).
This raised considerations over a scarcity of breadth in experience of the conferences and political interference in science-based recommendation.
Mr Cummings had beforehand been noticed failing to observe the two-metre social distancing rules as he walked alongside Downing Street flanked by fellow aide Cleo Watson on April 14.  

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