Entertainment More Than 400,000 People Have Signed A Petition Calling For Dominic Cummings To Be Sacked
'Who cares about looking good?' Cummings says 260-mile trip during lockdown was 'right thing'
Dominic Cummings has insisted "I behaved reasonably and legally" after it was revealed he travelled 260 miles from London to Durham during lockdown. © Getty Dominic Cummings pictured outside his house in north London on Saturday When asked by reporters if his trip looked good, he said: "Who cares about good looks? It's a question of doing the right thing. It's not about what you guys [the media] think.
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More thank 400,000 people have now signed a petition calling for Dominic Cummings to be sacked.
The change.org petition, entitled ‘Dominic Cummings must be sacked’ was set up on Saturday, and on Monday afternoon was racking up hundreds of signatures every minute.
Boris Johnson Refuses To Fire Dominic Cummings Despite Lockdown Allegations
Coronavirus has changed everything. Make sense of it all with the Waugh Zone, our evening politics briefing. Sign up now. Dominic Cummings will keep his job as Boris Johnson’s top aide, the prime minister has confirmed. The PM says he had "extensive face to face" discussions with the former Vote Leave boss and that Cummings acted "responsibly, legally and with integrity". The decision to keep Cummings in Downing Street comes despite claims he twice defied the PM’s Covid-19 “stay at home” restrictions. The PM is likely to face anger from the public, Labour and his own Tory backbenchers, who broke ranks on Sunday to demand Cummings go.
It was revealed byand on Friday that the prime minister’s chief advisor had broken lockdown rules just days after they were announced by Boris Johnson – travelling some 260 miles to Durham with his family.
Cummings travelled to County Durham in March to self-isolate with his family – apparently because he feared that he and his wife would be left unable to care for their son – while official guidelines warned against long-distance journeys.
The PM has backed this version of events, telling the nation that Cummings’ had acted “responsibly, legally and with integrity”, following the “instincts” of “every parent”.
Further reports also suggest he took a second trip to the North East in April, having already returned to London following his recovery from Covid-19 – a disease which has seen more than 45,000 people in the UK die after contracting it. Downing Street and Cummings himself have vehemently denied a second trip.
Keir Starmer took just 60 seconds to say what everyone wanted Boris Johnson to say
In just sixty seconds, Keir Starmer said everything we needed to hear about Dominic Cummings breaking his own lockdown rules. Reacting to Boris Johnson's defence of his senior advisor during Sunday's press briefing, Starmer slammed the prime minister for "treating the British public with contempt" and told a Sky News reporter that Cummings should go. If I were prime minister, I'd have sacked Cummings. And there must now be an investigation into what has happened.
The PM has since faced fierce criticism for his handling of the saga, with some of his own MPs calling for Cummings to resign or be sacked, and scientific advisors warning that his actions – and the PM’s backing –.
One of the petition’s signatories wrote: “There’s no justification for travelling 250 miles for family support, we all have to rely on local friends and online shops when isolating.”
Another added: “He should not be allowed to behave differently to the rest of the country.
“By going against his own advice he makes a mockery of what every other British person has been told to do.
“If he is not sacked or does not resign he risks creating even more disillusionment... with the government.”
In a highly unusual move, the Downing Street advisor has announced that heon Monday afternoon.
A member of the British government resigns after the Cummings scandal .
© Supplied by Le Point United Kingdom A member of the British government resigned on Tuesday, in disagreement with the justifications provided by the adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson , Dominic Cummings, accused of breaching containment. "There are points of the explanation with which I have concerns," said Secretary of State for Scotland Douglas Ross on Twitter after a press conference by Dominic Cummings' explaining about the facts.