By Rachael Grealish
The Member of Parliament for Moray, Douglas Ross, has resigned his Governmental position in response to Dominic Cummings’ 260 mile lockdown journey to Durham.
Ross tweeted the news, as well as his resignation letter, in which he states he ‘cannot in good faith tell them [his constituents] they were all wrong and one senior advisor to the government as right’.
Cummings faced backlash after admitting he not only made the journey to Durham, with his wife and 4-year-old child, but also admitted to making the 50-mile round trip to Barnard Castle – with the excuse he was ‘testing his eyesight’ to see if he was ‘safe to drive back to London’.
Yesterday, Monday May 25, the senior political aide held an extensive press conference in which he stated: “I don’t regret what I did,” and he did not ‘consider resigning’.
The Scottish MP said he hadn’t commented publicly on the Cummings situation as he ‘waited to hear the full details’ but as with many people in the UK he said: “There remains aspects of the explanation which I have trouble with.”
It is unclear at the moment whether Ross will be the only MP to resign their post in light of the controversy and the Prime Minister – who once again backed Cummings in his daily briefing last night – is yet to make a statement about the resignation of his junior minister.