UK PM Boris Johnson’s most senior adviser, Dominic Cummings, has said he acted reasonably and legally after driving across England during lockdown, while he had coronavirus symptoms. But what exactly did he do and when? Subscribe to our channel here:
Dominic Cummings drove 260 miles (418km) from London to Durham, and took a 60-mile round trip from Durham to a nearby town on his wife’s birthday – a trip he says he made to test whether his eyesight was good enough to drive.
Mr Cummings is facing calls to resign, both from opposition politicians and members of the governing Conservative Party, whose leader, Boris Johnson, he advises.
In a highly unusual move for an adviser, Mr Cummings gave a press conference, which was intended to clear up any details of his whereabouts, but many questions remain.
Mr Cummings has said he believed he acted “reasonably” and within the law. He has so far been backed by Mr Johnson and other senior government ministers.
But his actions have raised the question – did one of the government’s most senior employees ignore the rules he had helped set for millions of people across the nation?
Policy Editor Lewis Goodall takes a look at the holes in the account.
In the studio, Emily Maitis is joined by the SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford and Conservative MPs Craig Whittaker and Andrew Bridgen.
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