British PM's top aide 'broke lockdown rules'

British PM's top aide 'broke lockdown rules': reports

Labour call for action after reports police spoke to Dominic Cummings over breaking lockdown rules

"It can not be one rule for those who set them and another for the British people". "It was entirely right for Dom Cummings to find childcare for his toddler, when both he and his wife were getting ill".

However, the main opposition Labour party said the reports suggested Cummings viewed himself as above the law, while the smaller Liberal Democrats party has hinted that the incident could mean Cummings should resign.

The opposition also stated that the government can not have different rules for the public and different for the officials.

Following the report, the British government issued a statement saying that Cummings did not break coronavirus lockdown guidelines when he took the journey as he made it to ensure that his young son could be properly cared for.

"In line with national policing guidance, officers explained to the family the arrangements around self-isolation guidelines and reiterated the appropriate advice around essential travel".

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Dominic Cummings leaving his north London home carrying his son’s bike on Saturday

One of Johnson's most senior ministers, Michael Gove, said of the situation: "Caring for your wife and child is not a crime".

On Saturday, a spokesperson for Johnson responded to the reports, insisting that Cummings had not broken lockdown guidelines.

Observers speculate that Cummings may have played a vital role in delaying Downing Street's coronavirus response and that he was also an enthusiastic advocate of "herd immunity", a response strategy that was banished due to its controversy.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: "Taking care of your wife and young child is justifiable and reasonable, trying to score political points over it isn't".

The reports could put Mr Cummings in a hard position, after several senior people involved in the country's response to the coronavirus outbreak were forced to resign when it emerged that they had broken the lockdown rules.

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The PM's office said Cummings stayed in a house "near to but separate from" his extended family, adding that Cummings "believes he behaved reasonably and legally". It's not about what you guys think, ' he said.

Speaking to the BBC, former Conservative MP David Liddington, who was de facto deputy Prime minister under Theresa May, said: "There's clearly serious questions that No 10 are going to have to address not least because the readiness of members of the public to follow government guidance more generally is going to be affected by this sort of story".

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford has called on Sir Mark to investigate the "rule-breaking and the Tory Government's cover-up" of Mr Cummings' lockdown journey to Durham.

Shapps was the latest of a series of cabinet ministers who have thrown their weight behind Boris Johnson's senior adviser, since the Guardian and Mirror revealed on Friday that Cummings was in Durham, more than 200 miles away from his London home, on 5 April.

On April 25, Cummings' wife Mary Wakefield wrote a column in The Spectator magazine about the pair's experience with COVID-19, but made no mention of traveling outside the capital.

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Dominic Cummings may have some explaining to do.

The 48-year-old is alleged to have been present at his family home when police from Durham Constabulary turned up on March 31, following a call from someone reporting they had seen Mr Cummings in the area.

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