‘Hounding of Dominic Cummings by some journalists has been appalling’ – York Conservatives speak out

Dominic Cummings leaves his north London home as the row over the Durham trip taken by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's top aide continues. Photograph: Kirsty O'Connor / PA Wire

York’s Conservative councillors say Dominic Cummings’ alleged lockdown breach has been a “huge distraction” – and that residents can draw their own conclusions about the actions of the Prime Minister’s aide.

Boris Johnson’s senior adviser drove from London to Durham to isolate with his family during the lockdown. He said he also took a trip to Barnard Castle to see if he was fit enough to drive before returning to the capital.

The York councillors’ intervention came as Boris Johnson continued to stand by Mr Cummings. In an appearance before the Commons Liaison Committee of senior MPs, he insisted it is time to “move on” from the alleged lockdown breaches despite mounting Tory anger and plummeting poll ratings.

At least 35 Tory MPs have called for Mr Cummings’ departure after he expressed “no regrets” about his trip.

Draw your own conclusions

Cllr Paul Doughty

City of York Conservative councillors Paul Doughty and Martin Rowley said in a joint statement: “Mr Cummings gave his personal account to the nation and it is for citizens to make their own conclusions.

“We feel some of the coverage in elements of the media has been misleading and the hounding behaviour of some so-called journalists has been nothing short of appalling.

“Councillor Rowley and I are of the opinion that this has been a huge distraction from the many issues the country needs to be dealing with and the vital work being done by government and in our communities to combat the pandemic.

“Residents we have spoken with agree with us on this.

“We urge everyone to continue to follow the advice and guidelines from scientists working with government on social distancing and to keep safe. As Conservative councillors, our focus and priority is entirely on continuing to support our residents in York.”

11 thoughts on “‘Hounding of Dominic Cummings by some journalists has been appalling’ – York Conservatives speak out

  1. And the hounding of Jeremy Corbyn for Mossad invented racism would be equally appalling. As Cummings IS the conservative party hounding an unelected agent is quite legitimate.

  2. Cummings is the guy who said “protect the economy and if some pensioners die, too bad” so I’ll spare my tears for the 60k dead and rising that this Tufton St. / Cambridge Analytica criminal’s herd immunity delay has caused.

  3. Also if the councillors can point to what elements of the coverage were misleading that would be great. They seem to know a lot about it for a couple of local councillors, especially as the PM didn’t seem to be able to provide that info yesterday when asked, or they may just be spouting the party line of course. I do agree that it has taken the focus away from the fact that we have one of the worst records in the world for the handling of this virus.

  4. His child is not autistic. It was an internet lie. However, I’ll change my view on this if you can point me towards some solid evidence to prove your claim. Bear in mind both DC and his wife are prolific writers/journalists who document many aspects of their lives and at no point have either of them said their child is autistic.

  5. Dominic Cummings appears to have built his whole career on bullying and harassing. I’m not sure whether it is more laughable or sickening to hear these disingenuous bleats from Tories about his treatment by the media, which many will think is simply robust – appropriately and justly so. Such pearl-clutching preciousness hasn’t been a conspicuous aspect of Cummings’ conduct at any point as far as I’m aware.

  6. If people had bothered to actually read the guidance instead of blathering on about it being unclear and vague, they too would have been able to take protect their autistic child by taking him to people he is comfortable with.

  7. Don’t agree on this one. It’s a distraction only in that it should have been decisively handled with a sacking, and the inability to do so is concerning and exhausting.

  8. “follow the advice and guidelines from scientists working with government”
    unless you’re called Dominic and it doesn’t apply. #Stay Elite

  9. He might write the rules but he also has to keep them. He is arrogant and should have had the decency to resign

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