'Move on': Johnson rejects call for Cummings inquiry amid rising Tory anger

Dominic Cummings or the national interest? Legislator Grills Johnson

Boris Johnson dismisses call for Dominic Cummings inquiry

It follows Durham Police's announcement that they have concluded that Boris Johnson's senior aide Dominic Cummings may have committed a "minor breach" of coronavirus lockdown rules.

Ahead of the Prime Minister's appearance, Liaison Committee chairman Sir Bernard Jenkin told the PA news agency: "I have got no intention of preventing any subject any member of the committee wants to raise".

"The Prime Minister has said he believes Mr. Cummings behaved reasonably and legally, given all the circumstances, and he regards this issue as closed".

The prime minister was also keen to underline the limited nature of the changes.

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But a growing group of lawmakers have called on Cummings - seen by many as the architect of numerous government's policies - to resign, and accused Johnson of undermining his own public health messaging in the middle of a pandemic.

Mr Johnson added that those who are being asked to shield themselves should continue to do so.

In an email to her Portsmouth North constituents, seen by The Guardian, she said: "Other families have been faced with the same situation Mr Cummings and chosen to stay put".

He said the public wanted the government to "focus on them and their needs, rather than on a political ding-dong about what one adviser may or may not have done".

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The PM said: "This has really been going on for several days now, in the media at least, and I of course am deeply sorry for all the hurt and pain and anxiety that people have been going through throughout this period". "I can not, and will not, throw away all the gains we have made together - and so the changes we have made are limited and cautious".

"His continued presence at the heart of government at this time is an unwanted distraction".

It comes as the test and trace system has been launched today (Thursday) despite delays in rolling out the coronavirus app - being trialled on the Isle of Wight - across the country. Cummings has defended his actions, saying he traveled to ensure that his 4-year-old son could be looked after if he and his wife, who both had coronavirus symptoms, became sick. "Or whether it was appropriate he drove home at the time he did", she also wrote.

Tory MPs and scientists advising ministers have warned that Mr Cummings' actions risk undermining respect for the restrictions which have helped curb the spread of the virus.

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This was Mr Johnson's first appearance before the committee since he became PM last July.

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