Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, has rejected holding an independent inquiry into the actions of Dominic Cummings and the multiple trips he took during the period of lockdown. Despite efforts by the Prime Minister to move on, a number of senior Conservatives called for action to be taken as the Government message on the coronavirus was in danger of being lost.
Amber Rudd, the former Conservative Home Secretary said during an interview with ITV’s Robert Peston:
“He should quit because he’s making things worse. People have been great during the lockdown. In a really difficult period, they have complied. And now they’re confused and that makes them angry and I think that will have consequences. So when he thinks, as any of us working in government must, ‘am I adding here, am I helping?’ he can only conclude that his presence is making things worse at a time when we’re already in a crisis.”
Sajid Javid, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, said:
“Mr Cummings has argued he acted within the letter of the law. As a father myself, I also appreciate the fear and uncertainty one can feel when the safety of your child is potentially at stake. That being said I do not believe Mr Cummings’ journey to County Durham to isolate on his family’s estate was necessary or justified. I remain unconvinced his visit to Barnard Castle could be considered reasonable. I was also deeply concerned by his decision to return to Downing Street directly after coming into contact with a family member who was ill, potentially with Coronavirus.”