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World United Kingdom: a close adviser to Johnson is said to have breached containment

18:42  23 may  2020
18:42  23 may  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Prime Minister of United Kingdom Boris Johnson is under pressure, Saturday 23 May, after revelations about one of his advisers, the controversial Dominic Cummings. According to revelations from the daily newspapers Daily Mirror and The Guardian, published on Friday 22 May, he has broken the rules of confinement, leaving his London home to go to the north-east of England and to visit his parents in their seventies, and when he had the symptoms of Covid-19.

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“No chance he will resign”

Faced with a controversy which is gaining momentum, Downing Street assured that Dominic Cummings acted in line with the recommendations of the government. "The British people do not expect that there will be one law for themselves and another for Dominic Cummings," said a spokesman for the Labor Party. Ed Davey, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said Cummings "will have to resign" if the facts are confirmed. Scottish separatist leader in Westminster Parliament Ian Blackford says "he must resign or be fired".

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According to a relative of Dominic Cummings, "there is no chance that he will resign". Challenging any rule violation, a spokesman for Downing Street said the counselor had done so because he needed help looking after his son and that he stayed in a building separate from the property. According to this source, her sister left shopping outside for the family. Durham police confirmed that they had been informed on March 31 that someone had arrived from London and indicated that they had recalled the rules in accordance with the national recommendations.

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Resignations for non-compliance with confinement

But Downing Street head-on contradicted these statements, explaining that "at no time did the police speak to him or his family on this subject, as has been reported". At the time of the facts, the government of Boris Johnson asked the population to only go out to meet their basic needs and demanded that those who showed symptoms not to leave their homes. "Those who seek to politicize" this case "should look in the mirror," tweeted Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, saying that the necessary explanations have been provided.

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This case comes to embarrass a Boris Johnson (who was himself reached by the coronavirus) already in prey to the critics for his management of the pandemic, which made more than 36 000 dead in the United Kingdom, more than 41 000 in including unconfirmed cases. Before this affair, the United Kingdom had two resignations resounding for non-compliance with the rules of containment in force since March 23. An influential government scientific advisor, Professor Neil Fergusson, had resigned after receiving a woman, presented as his mistress, into his home.

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In early April, the head of the Scottish health services, Catherine Calderwood, left her post after admitting to having visited her residence twice secondary. Dominic Cummings was a prominent member of the Brexit campaign, then followed Boris Johnson to Downing Street last year.

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© Provided by Le Point Attacked head-on by reassembled deputies, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson somehow tried to put out the fire caused by the movements of his special adviser Dominic Cummings in full confinement, devastating for the popularity of his camp.

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