Coronavirus latest news: Boris Johnson backs Cummings and says he acted 'responsibly, legally and with integrity'

Tony Diver
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Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson's chief advisor, remains in post tonight with a declaration of support from the Prime Minister following reports he broke lockdown rules to travel to Durham.

At this evening's press conference, Boris Johnson said Mr Cummings acted "responsibly, legally and with integrity", despite claims he went on a day trip to Barnard Castle and travelled over 200 miles during the lockdown period.

Mr Johnson said his advisor's actions were in keeping with the rules, which make provision for childcare emergencies.

But although the Prime Minister insisted he had heard the full story this afternoon in Downing Street, he failed to answer several key questions about Mr Cummings' trip to Durham. 

Mr Johnson he had examined the events "carefully" and reports in the newspapers "do not seem to correspond remotely with reality".

He did not point to specific inaccurate claims.

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