BREAKING NEWS: Dominic Cummings says 260-mile trip during lockdown was 'right thing'
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 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. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing mounting pressure to sack his chief adviser following further claims that Dominic Cummings broke lockdown rules.
The Prime Minister's top adviser had already admitted that he drove 260 miles from London to Durham with his wife and young son in March to self-isolate at a family property despite strict restrictions against long-distance journeys.
Now, the Sunday Mirror and the Observer claim he made a second trip to Durham and was seen there on 19 April - five days after being photographed in Downing Street on his return to Westminster. 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.
#BBCOS #BBCOutsideSource In the United Kingdom, a political storm is intensifying over a top government adviser's cross-country trip, taken while he thought he might be infected with COVID-19 and while the entire country was in lockdown.
Dominic Cummings has enraged the public further with his unapologetic response to the outcry over his actions, instead justifying what he did. Conservative party leaders have also defended Cummings.
Meanwhile, other European countries are starting to open up after their lockdowns and to figure out what life will look like from now on.
Al Jazeera's Neave Barker reports from London, UK.