By Rachael Grealish
Piers Morgan says he will ‘deem lockdown over’ if the Dominic Cummings isn’t sacked from his Number 10 position after fury over him breaking lockdown rules to make a trip to Durham.
Cummings has been accused of breaking lockdown rules, on March 31, 2020, after travelling over 200 miles to ‘secure childcare’ for his toddler after his wife had suspected coronavirus.
In relation to this incident Durham Constabulary’s Crime Commissioner Steve White released a statement saying: “In relation to the incident where Dominic Cummings visited Durham during lockdown Durham Constabulary acted appropriately.
“Given the whole ethos of the guidance and regulations issued from the Government was to reduce the spread, regardless of reason, by travelling to County Durham when known to be infected was most unwise.
“To beat this crisis we need to be selfless as millions have been. The response by the people of County Durham and Darlington have been exemplary, which makes this most frustrating and concerning.”
“Incidents such as this do not help, and I can appreciate that the longer this goes on the harder it gets, but I encourage the people of County Durham and Darlington to keep up the outstanding effort seen so far by using common sense when following the guidance to stay alert and continue to social distance.”
A spokesperson for Number 10 responded to this with a statement defending Cummings saying his actions were ‘in line with coronavirus guidelines’.
The statement read: “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.”
This has caused outrage to many around the UK, including the Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan.
Morgan’s reaction was one of fury as he took to social media to voice his anger and call for Cummings to be fired from his position.
On Twitter he said: “If Boris doesn’t fire Cummings today, then I will deem the Lockdown over & drive down to see my parents (from a 2m distance) for the first time in 12 weeks. I’m not having one rule for these clowns & another for the rest of us.”
Morgan went on to question Cummings’ motive for travelling to Durham saying: “
Cummings didn’t have a single person in London who could drop food outside his door?
Either he is the most friendless human being in the world, or he’s a liar.”
The former political advisor to the Labour Prime Minister, Tony Blair, Alistair Campbell was also quick fire this accusation at Cummings after Matt Hancock, the health secretary jumped to his defense.
Campbell said: “Toddler? You really talk some 24 carat shite. When Ferguson broke rules you wanted the cops brought in. Are you seriously expecting anyone to believe that a very well connected wealthy couple (with other family in London) could not make arrangements without going to Durham?”