Dominic Cummings has the “full assist” of Boris Johnson after it emerged the prime minister’s prime aide travelled 260 miles from London to Durham in the course of the lockdown.
The PM has come underneath stress to sack him after it was revealed he drove his spouse and baby to a household property within the North East after his partner developed coronavirus-related signs.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, talking on the day by day Downing Avenue Covid-19 briefing, mentioned: “I can inform you the PM gives Mr Cummings along with his full assist.”
Quantity 10 had already supplied Mr Cummings its assist in a press release on Saturday, stating that the aide’s actions “have been in step with coronavirus pointers”.
However Mr Shapps’ newest feedback are a sign that the PM is sticking by the controversial determine, who he credited with serving to safe him his landslide election victory in December.
The SNP had been calling for the Conservative Occasion chief to sack Mr Cummings.
The social gathering and Labour have written to Cupboard Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill demanding an inquiry into what occurred.
Mr Cummings, chatting with reporters exterior his London house on Saturday, mentioned he had acted “moderately and legally”.
When a reporter instructed to him exterior his London house that the journey to Durham didn’t look good, he replied: “Who cares about beauty?
“It is a query of doing the correct factor. It is not about what you guys assume.”
In a press release, a No 10 spokesman mentioned: “Owing to his spouse being contaminated with suspected coronavirus and the excessive probability that he would himself turn out to be unwell, it was important for Dominic Cummings to make sure his younger baby could possibly be correctly cared for.
“His sister and nieces had volunteered to assist so he went to a home close to to however separate from his prolonged household in case their assist was wanted.
“His sister shopped for the household and left every thing exterior.
“At no stage was he or his household spoken to by the police about this matter, as is being reported.
“His actions have been in step with coronavirus pointers. Mr Cummings believes he behaved moderately and legally.”