Dominic Cummings accused of breaking lockdown a SECOND time to see parents days after return to Downing St – The Sun

DOMINIC Cummings is accused of flouting lockdown rules for a SECOND time after he was spotted at his family home in Durham on April 19.

It is claimed the PM's top aide was seen with his wife in Houghall Woods two weeks after he first visited there while suffering from Covid-19 symptoms, the Sunday Mirror reports.

Walkers say they were shocked when they saw Mr Cummings more than 250 miles away from London on April 19 despite the government telling Brits to stay at home.

One resident who walked past Boris Johnson's senior adviser claims Cummings said as he walked past: “Aren’t the bluebells lovely?”

Mr Cummings, the architect of the victorious Vote Leave campaign during the Brexit referendum, had been spotted in Downing Street on April 16 after recovering from the coronavirus.

Opposition politicians have called for the 48-year-old to resign this morning after it emerged he fled to Durham in late-March following the revelation he was isolating with Covid-19 symptoms.

After being backed by No10, Mr Cummings told reporters outside his home in London: "I behaved reasonably and legally."

When asked by reporters if his trip to Durham during lockdown "looked good",  he added: “Who cares about good looks? It’s a question of doing the right thing. It’s not about what you guys think.”

But an official statement from Downing Street said Cummings didn't break government guidance because he and his wife, journalist Mary Wakefield, stayed in a different building.

Acting Lib Dem leader Ed Davey tweeted after the latest claims: "If Cummings hasn't gone by the morning, it will be @BorisJohnson in the firing line."

Mr Cummings reportedly travelled to Durham so his parents could help with child care while he and his wife had Covid-19 symptoms.

He contracted coronavirus at the end of March. At the time Downing Street claimed he was holed up in his London home.

A week later, on April 5, a neighbour spotted Mr Cummings in his garden in Durham with his son running around to Abba’s Dancing Queen.

The trip goes against advice, which became law on March 26, which stated: “You should not be visiting family members who do not live in your home.”

Only in exceptional circumstances were people allowed to attend relatives' addresses; for example, to drop off food or medicine to their door.

Durham Constabulary said they had spoken to Mr Cummings’ parents about his visit in late-March.

However, No10 denied this, with a spokesperson saying: "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."


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