Dominic Cummings should go, says York Conservative MP Julian Sturdy – but Johnson backs his aide

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's senior aid Dominic Cummings leaving his north London home. Photograph: Victoria Jones / PA Wire
24 May 2020 @ 5.02 pm
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Dominic Cummings’ position as the chief aide to the Prime Minister is no longer tenable, says York Outer MP Julian Sturdy.

Mr Cummings – Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s chief aide – should go for flouting lockdown rules and travelling from his London home to stay with relatives in County Durham, the Conservative MP said today.

In a statement issued on Twitter Mr Sturdy said:

  • Over the last 24 hours I have been contacted by a number of constituents regarding Dominic Cummings.

    As more information is revealed, I believe it is becoming clearer that Dominic Cummings’ position is no longer tenable and the Government need to urgently refocus on our national priorities, namely our efforts to manage the Covid-19 outbreak.

    Ultimately, this is a decision for the Prime Minister and I believe that he needs to publicly address this situation without delay.

    Continued speculation only serves to exasperate the understandable anger felt by many of the public.

It follows York head teacher John Tomsett asking Mr Sturdy to intervene.

John couldn’t visit his mother who was dying in a care home of coronavirus and said it seemed like ‘one rule for one set of people and one rule for another’.

At his press briefing this evening Boris Johnson backed Mr Cummings. The Prime Minister said he had acted “responsibly, legally and with integrity”.