'It was essential': No 10 breaks silence to defend Dominic Cummings' 250-mile trip during lockdown

Kate Devlin
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No 10 have defended Dominic Cummings saying it was “essential” he visited Durham while sick with coronavirus.

In the first official comment since it emerged last night that the prime minister’s chief aide had apparently flouted lockdown rules, Downing Street said his actions were “in line” with the guidelines.

In a staunch defence of Mr Cummings, a No 10 spokesman said: “Owing to his wife being infected with suspected Coronavirus and the high likelihood that he would himself become unwell, it was essential for Dominic Cummings to ensure his young child could be properly cared for.

"His sister and nieces had volunteered to help so he went to a house near to but separate from his extended family in case their help was needed. His sister shopped for the family and left everything outside. At no stage was he or his family spoken to by the police about this matter, as is being reported.

"His actions were in line with coronavirus guidelines. Mr Cummings believes he behaved reasonably and legally.”

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