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Sky News 22 May 2020

BREAKING: Dominic Cummings found 200 miles from home

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The Prime Minister's most senior adviser is reported to have been spoken to by police after he travelled to Durham in March.

A joint investigation by The Guardian and the Daily Mirror claims Dominic Cummings was approached by Durham Constabulary on 31 March after travelling to the city, which is more than 200 miles from his London home.

A Number 10 spokesperson had confirmed on 30 March that Mr Cummings was self-isolating after suffering symptoms of coronavirus.

At the time, government advice was that people should stay at home and not travel to second homes.


The PM's chief adviser Dominic Cummings said he behaved ‘reasonably and legally' and offered no apology in a public statement.

He gave a detailed account of his trips to and from Durham, denying some accusations that he was there after the 13th of April.

Mr Cummings said he did not tell Boris Johnson about his decision to travel more than 200 miles to his parents' home in Durham in March.
The UK prime minister's most senior adviser has come under fire for travelling across the country during the coronavirus lockdown.

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 on Monday. He said he believed he acted "reasonably" and within the law. He has so far been backed by Mr Johnson and other senior government ministers.

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Dominic Cummings has insisted "I behaved reasonably and legally" after it was revealed he travelled 260 miles from London to Durham during lockdown.

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."

The PM's top aide, who emerged from his London home on Saturday holding a bicycle and ball, also told off reporters for not social distancing, telling them: "You're supposed to be more than two metres apart - move out of the way."
The prime minister's top adviser Dominic Cummings has denied breaching lockdown rules or doing anything wrong, when he drove 260 miles to his parents' home in Durham.

At a news conference in Downing Street Mr Cummings said his usual childcare options were not available and his wife was ill.

Mr Cummings claimed that a car trip to a local beauty spot near Durham, with his wife and young son, was taken to check whether his eyesight was alright, before driving back to London.

Boris Johnson's aide said he did not regret what he had done and had not considered whether he should offer his resignation. He rejected the idea that he had undermined the government's instruction to the public to "Stay Home".

The Prime Minister reaffirmed his support for Mr Cummings although he said he regretted the "confusion and anger" that many people felt.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News reporting from Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg.

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