Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, is facing renewed pressure to sack Dominic Cummings as it was announced that a Conservative Minister has resigned and further MPs have criticised the adviser’s actions. Cummings admitted in a press conference that he had driven to Barnard Castle with his family during the lockdown, but said that he needed to test his eyesight during the drive. Cummings also refused to apologise, saying that he acted within the rules.
Douglas Ross, a Minister at the Scottish Office, resigned and said:
“I have constituents who didn’t get to say goodbye to loved ones; families who didn’t visit sick relatives because they followed the guidance of the government. I cannot in good faith tell them they were all wrong and one senior advisor to the government was right.”
Further Conservative MPs also criticised the behaviour of Dominic Cummings, with Simon Jupp, the Conservative MP for East Devon, stating:
“Although I believe his actions were motivated by a father’s desire to do what he felt was necessary to protect his family in exceptional circumstances, if placed in the same situation I wouldn’t have made the same decisions and would have since considered my position.”
Harriet Baldwin, the Conservative MP for West Worcestershire, also today called for Cummings to resign.