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The ministers squirm when they insist that Dominic Cummings does NOT break the rules


The minister writhed tonight when they denied that Dominic Cummings had violated the blocking rules when he drove 260 miles to his parents' house while he was in corona virus self-isolation.

Secretary of Transport Grant Shapps informed the Downing Street meeting that the No. 10 boss had Boris Johnson's "full support" as he faced a flood of questions.

Mr. Shapps insisted that Mr. Cummings was entitled to travel with his wife and young son from London to "go anywhere where members of his family can help".

He insisted that the advisor "sit" for two weeks when he arrived on the property in March.

Timeline of the Cummings lock row

March 23: As the coronavirus crisis escalates, Britain is banned with strict travel restrictions.

Government guidelines say, "You shouldn't visit family members who don't live in your home."

People in a household with symptoms must stay at home for up to 14 days and not leave the house.

27th of March: Both Boris Johnson and Health Minister Matt Hancock test positive for coronavirus, while chief physician Chris Whitty says he has symptoms of the disease and is self-isolating.

March 30: Downing Street confirms that Mr. Cummings suffers from coronavirus symptoms and isolates himself.

March 31: Durham police "are made aware of reports that a person has traveled from London to Durham and was present at an address in the city".

The troop said the officers had contacted the owners of this address, who confirmed that the person was present and isolated in a part of the house.

"In accordance with the national police guidelines, the family officials explained the self-isolation policy and repeated the relevant travel advice."

April 5: An unnamed neighbor tells the mirror and the guard that Mr. Cummings was seen in his parents' garden.

"I got the shock of my life when I looked over at the gates and saw him," they said.

March 30 – April 6: The period in which Ms. Cummings & # 39; Ms. Mary Wakefield described the family's struggle against the coronavirus in the April 25 issue of the Spectator.

She does not mention the trip to Durham and describes the challenges of caring for her son while suffering from the symptoms of Covid-19.

She says her little son looked after Mr. Cummings with Ribena.

April 14: Mr. Cummings is returning to work for the first time since the news that he has coronavirus.

Questions about his adherence to social advice are raised when he is photographed walking downing Street with his colleague Cleo Watson.

May 22: News in the mirror and the Guardian from Mr. Cummings & # 39; trip to Durham.

23. May: Downing Street stands by the prime minister's assistant and says in a statement: “Given his wife's infection with the suspected coronavirus and the high likelihood of feeling uncomfortable, it was essential for Dominic Cummings to ensure that his young child can be properly cared for at. & # 39;

In the meantime, deputy chief physician Jenny Harries evaded when she pressed whether the instructions allowed the behavior. "If you are symptomatic, stay seated," she said. "Take your family out of society as soon as possible." She said the only exception was when there was "life threatening".

Previously, a defiant Mr. Cummings replied "who cares" when asked by reporters if his actions looked bad.

“It's about doing the right thing. It's not what you think, ”he said.

He also insulted photographers for not adhering to social distance rules by staying two meters apart.

The uncompromising stance came when the government made concerted efforts to support the key assistant.

In a statement, a spokesman for No. 10 said, "Because of his wife's infection with suspected coronavirus and the high likelihood that he would feel uncomfortable, it was important for Dominic Cummings to ensure that his young child was cared for properly can.

& # 39; His sister and nieces volunteered to help, so he went to a house nearby, but separate from his extended family, if their help was needed. His sister bought for the family and left everything outside. & # 39;

Although the Durham police have confirmed that the family has received advice on blocking rules, the statement added: "At no time has he or his family been reported by the police on the matter," reports.

A large number of cabinet ministers also gathered. Michael Gove, the former boss of Mr. Cummings, tweeted: "Taking care of your wife and child is not a crime." Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Minister Matt Hancock also offered support.

However, a tweet from Mr. Johnson's report this afternoon highlighted the problem that ministers are facing to explain the situation.

"If you have symptoms of #coronavirus, you should have yourself isolated and tested," the message said.

The government at the time said that those who isolate themselves "must stay at home and not have to leave the house" and must stay away from vulnerable older people. In a report on her ordeal released last month, journalist Mary Wakefield from Mr. Cummings also described how his little son cared for him with Ribena – suggesting that he stayed with them all the time. The Prime Minister's official spokesman at the time told reporters that Mr. Cummings was isolating "at home."

The bombshell revelations triggered allegations of hypocrisy with Mr. Cummings' position as "unsustainable" and signs of unrest among Tory MPs.

Labor wrote to Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill tonight, requesting an investigation into the adviser's actions. Shadow Secretary Rachel Reeves said in the letter: The British people have made important and painful sacrifices to support national efforts, including absence from the family in times of need. It is therefore vital that the government can assure the public that its senior figures have followed the same rules as everyone else. "

And Mr. Cummings was faced with demands for his resignation in the Spectator magazine, in which his wife works. Columnist Alex Massie wrote: "He has to go and he has to go now."

A defiant Dominic Cummings, who was challenged by reporters at his London house this afternoon to see if his actions looked bad, said, "Who cares about good looks?"

Secretary of Transportation Grant Shapps informed the meeting in Downing Street that the No. 10 boss was the

Mr Cummings & # 39; Mrs. Mary Wakefield today

Secretary of Transport Grant Shapps informed the Downing Street meeting that the No. 10 boss had Boris Johnson's "full support" as he faced a flood of questions. Mr. Cummings traveled with his wife Mary Wakefield (pictured today on the right)

Mr. Cummings (who left the house with his son today) insisted that he was entitled to travel to the family

Mr. Cummings (who left the house with his son today) insisted that he was entitled to travel to the family

Dominic Cummings was fighting for his political life today when the pressure on Boris Johnson increased to fire his chief advisor for violating the blackout rules (duo pictured in September).

Dominic Cummings was fighting for his political life today when the pressure on Boris Johnson increased to fire his chief advisor for violating the blackout rules (duo pictured in September).

Dominic Cummings and wife Mary Wakefield, who wrote about their husband's coronavirus battle

Dominic Cummings and wife Mary Wakefield, who wrote about their husband's coronavirus battle

Mr. Cummings' parent farm, where he moved with his wife and son when they developed coronavirus symptoms

Mr. Cummings' parent farm, where he moved with his wife and son when they developed coronavirus symptoms

The Durham estate has a number of outbuildings, and it is believed that Mr. Cummings and his family lived in one of them

The Durham estate has a number of outbuildings, and it is believed that Mr. Cummings and his family lived in one of them

No. 10 insisted that Mr. Cummings was in a separate part of the property and had no contact with his extended family

No. 10 insisted that Mr. Cummings was in a separate part of the property and had no contact with his extended family

The adjutant from Downing Street is said to have traveled from London to his parents' house in Durham in March

Mr. Shapps has repeatedly grilled the controversy during the briefing tonight and said: “It is important that everyone stays in the same place while they are locked. That is exactly what happened in the case you are referring to with Mr Cummings.

"The prime minister will have known that he would stay here and only come out when he felt better."

Mr. Shapps added: “The guide says that if you live with children, follow this advice to the best of your ability.

"However, we are aware that depending on the circumstances, not all of these measures will be possible."

Mr. Shapps suggested that the guidance was based on individual interpretation: "It is up to an individual to decide how I can ensure that I have enough family support", especially in the case that you are refer to a potential from both parents who get sick and have a small child to take care of.

“How do you have this support network around you, and the decision here was to go to this place and stay there. You don't have to move from there, and it would be important for everyone to find the best way to do what happened here. & # 39;

Mr. Shapps added: “You have to corner yourself and do it in the best and most practical way – and I think that it will be different for different people in all circumstances, whatever the circumstances, their particular family Differences, that's all that happened in this case. & # 39;

When asked whether Mr Johnson knew about Mr Cummings' activities, Mr Shapps indicated that the Prime Minister had been sick himself at the time. "I can tell you that the Prime Minister fully supports Mr. Cummings and that Mr. Cummings made a full statement," he said.

Dr. Jenny Harries was asked to clarify the travel guide during the closure, and said it was "clear" that someone with symptoms should isolate themselves with their family.

However, she said that all guidelines have "common sense" in terms of protection. Dr. Harries said, "So we don't want an older person to sit at home without their medication because they feel they can't get out."

Dr. Harries said if there was a "protection problem" where a child "had no support" it was also a problem.

"There is always a safeguard clause in all advice," she said, adding, "the interpretation of this advice is likely to be for others."

Sources close to Mr. Cummings say that there is no chance that he will give up.

Top-class resignations by architects of the barrier who violated rules, such as Prof. Neil Fergurson and Scottish chief physician Catherine Calderwood, have set a precedent for Mr. Cummings' resignation.

The British have shown little understanding of equally difficult situations during the health crisis that the government expects to stick to the measures.

Dorset Police and Criminal Investigation Commissioner, Martyn Underhill, warned this morning that the injury would be thrown into the face when they tried to hold back sun-hungry visitors on what is likely to be a hot holiday weekend.

Mr. Underhill said the excitement will inevitably be led by people flocking to beauty spots and beaches in Dorset this weekend.

"It is unfortunate when this will be the case since it will be the busiest weekend Dorset has seen this year," he said.

What were the rules when Cummings broke the barrier?

When Boris Johnson introduced the lock in the UK, he gave "a very simple instruction – you have to stay at home".

The rules, announced in a speech by the Prime Minister on March 23 to the nation, said that people can only leave the house for limited purposes.

These were shopping for basics, a form of daily exercise, traveling to and from work, but only where it was absolutely necessary, and medical needs.

He reaffirmed the message and said people should not meet family members who do not live with them.

The official instructions of the time said: “You should not visit family members who do not live in your house.

"You should keep in touch with them over phone or video calls."

Only in exceptional cases were people allowed to visit relatives' addresses; For example, to bring food or medication to your door.

The government-issued guidelines also included specific instructions for households with coronavirus symptoms.

Dominic Cummings & # 39; Mrs. Mary Wakefield first had symptoms before developing them shortly afterwards.

The rules state that the first person in the household who has symptoms of a coronavirus must "stay at home for at least 7 days, but all other household members who stay healthy must stay at home and do not leave the home for 14 days".

"For all other people in the household who show symptoms, they must stay at home for at least 7 days from the onset of symptoms, regardless of which day they are in the original 14-day isolation period," says the Guidelines.

The guide does not specifically relate to childcare, but reads: “If you can, take vulnerable people (like the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home Isolation period. & # 39;

Tory helpers who felt Mr. Cummings's anger also withered at his controversy.

"Couldn't happen to a nicer guy," one said to MailOnline. "But I'm sure you won't admit him."

Another agreed that Mr. Cummings would not go. "It's too needed," they said. "Who else will be ready to fulfill the role he has created?"

Labor claimed that Number 10's explanations for Mr Cummings' conduct "raised more questions than answered" even when the Prime Minister was made aware of his decision to travel to Durham from London during the ban.

The letter added: "The British people do not expect there to be a rule for them and another rule for the Prime Minister's highest adviser."

It comes after the SNP wrote Sir Mark earlier to request an investigation.

Ian Blackford, Chairman of the SNP Westminster, said: "He should have resigned by now, but after this move by the Secretary of Transport today, it is clear that there is no real defense and that the Prime Minister should now dismiss Dominic Cummings."

He added: "We should have heard from the Prime Minister today … The Prime Minister has to be clear if he knows whether he has authorized it or not, why he did not take responsibility to ask Dominic Cummings to resign? But if that doesn't work, make sure he releases him.

"Because this man undermined the public news that the British government was trying to deliver."

But Mr. Raab said today: “It is reasonable and fair to ask for an explanation in this regard.

& # 39; And it was made available: Two parents with coronavirus anxiously looked after their little child.

"Those who are trying to politicize it now should take a long look in the mirror."

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden tweeted: “Dom Cummings followed the guidelines and looked after his family. End of story. & # 39;

A close friend of Mr. Cummings said overnight: “This story doesn't bother him at all, it's rather false news from the Guardian.

"There is no chance that he will resign."

Durham's incumbent police and crime commissioner Sadi Mr. Cummings & # 39; trip from London to County Durham was "highly unwise".

In a statement, Steve White said: “Given the overall ethos of government guidelines and regulations, it was extremely unwise to reduce the spread of travel to Durham, regardless of the reason, if it is known that it is infected.

“To overcome this crisis, we have to be as selfless as millions. The reactions of the residents of County Durham and Darlington have been exemplary, which makes this extremely frustrating and worrying. & # 39;

Mr. White, a former head of the Police Federation in England and Wales, added: “Incidents like this don't help, and I can understand that the longer it takes, the more difficult it is, but I encourage people in Durham and County Darlington, to maintain the past excellence by using common sense when following the instructions to remain vigilant and continue to maintain social distance. & # 39;

The neighbors were "shocked" to see him a few days after his launch in Westminster in the northeast and announced that they would isolate with Covid 19 symptoms.

His wife, journalist Mary Wakefield, wrote about his fight against the disease and suggested he was locked up in her London residence, as did the Prime Minister's spokesman at the time.

But last night, an investigation by Mirror and Guardian revealed that he was being questioned about breaches of lockdown curbs that restrict travel.

A Durham Constabulary spokesman said, “On Tuesday, March 31, our officials were alerted to reports that a person had traveled from London to Durham and was present at an address in the city.

Officials contacted the owners of this address, who confirmed that the person was present and isolated in part of the house.

"In accordance with national police guidelines, family officials clarified the family's self-isolation guidelines and repeated the relevant travel advice."

Boris Johnson

Dominic Raab

A tweet from Mr. Johnson's report this afternoon highlighted the problem that ministers are facing to explain the situation (left). Foreign Minister Dominic Raab (right) offered Mr. Cummings support

The government was still issuing information telling people not to visit friends and family's home today

The government was still issuing information telling people not to visit friends and family's home today

Rishi Sunak

Matt Hancock

Amid a concerted Tory effort to support the key helper, Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Minister of Health Matt Hancock spoke out for his behavior

Cummings & # 39; wife spoke of a coronavirus torture – but did not mention that the family went to Durnham

Dominic Cummings & # 39; Ms. Mary Wakefield shared her experience with coronavirus in a Spectator article and a BBC appearance.

However, the journalist did not mention that the family had moved to Durham for childcare for their son.

Mrs. Wakefield said her husband ran home after her illness. "But 24 hours later he said" I feel weird ".

She went on: “Day after day, he lay for ten days with a high fever and cramps that made the muscles in his legs clump and twitch. He could breathe, but only in a limited and shallow manner.

& # 39; After a week we reached the highest corona uncertainty. The sixth day is a turning point, I was told: Then either it will be better or you will go to the intensive care unit.

“But did Dom fight the Beetle or did he go to a ventilator? Who knew? I sat on his bed staring at his chest, trying to count his breaths per minute.

"The little oxygen reader we bought from Amazon indicated that he should be in the hospital, but his lips weren't blue and he could speak in full sentences, such as," Please stop staring at my chest , Sweetheart. "

The neighbor, who did not want to give his name, told the mirror: “I got the shock of my life. There was a child, probably his little boy, walking around in the front. I recognized Dominic Cummings, he is a very striking figure.

& # 39; I was really upset. I thought it would be okay if you drive up to Durham and flee London.

“I sympathize with the fact that he wants to do that, but other people are not allowed to do that. It's a rule for Dominic Cummings and a rule for the rest of us. & # 39;

On April 14, the adjutant was pictured in Westminster for the first time since his coronavirus recovery.

Mr. Cummings was not fined £ 60 for violating the rules were heralded on March 26th.

They said, “You shouldn't visit family members who don't live in your house.

"The only exception is when they need help, such as when shopping or dispensing medication."

The day after these curbs were pushed through, on March 27, Mr. Cummings raised his eyebrows as he sprinted down Down Street It was announced that Mr. Johnson and Secretary of Health Matt Hancock had tested positive for coronavirus.

On March 30, it became known that the adjutant with Covid 19 symptoms isolated himself, and the Prime Minister's spokesman later confirmed that he was "at home".

The Prime Minister's official spokesman told journalists, "I think he's in contact with No. 10, but he's at home, he's self-isolating, he has some symptoms."

A few days later, on April 5, Mr. Cummings reportedly stayed on the Durham property and was discovered by a neighbor of Mr. Cummings' parents, Robert (73) and Morag (71).

They claimed that they saw him outside the property when they came by for their daily practice and heard Abbas dancing queen play loudly.

The neighbor saw the political aide wearing a scarf and coat and walking around with a little boy who was probably his son.

The government released its latest slides tonight showing the status of the UK outbreak of coronavirus

The government released its latest slides tonight showing the status of the UK outbreak of coronavirus

The revelations have sparked rage and political rivals lined up to accuse Mr. Cummings of hypocrisy and demand his resignation

Piers Morgan promises to release the lock unless Cummings is released

Piers Morgan issued an angry ultimatum to Boris Johnson for alleging that his assistant principal Dominic Cummings violated the blocking rules by visiting his parents.

“If Boris doesn't fire any cummings today, I will consider the lock over and drive back to my parents (from a distance of 2 m) for the first time in 12 weeks. I have no rules for these clowns and none for the rest of us. “The British star from Good Morning posted on Twitter.

Mr. Cummings is accused of violating government regulations by traveling hundreds of kilometers from his home in London to his parents' home in Durham while he and his wife are said to be isolated from coronavirus symptoms.

This morning, Mr. Cummings told reporters that his visit was about "doing the right thing" after Number 10 said he was "reasonable and legal" at the time.

When he returned to work, the wife of Mr. Cummings, an editor at The Spectator, wrote about her experience with self-isolation when locking.

In the same issue of The Spectator, Mr. Cummings wrote, "I was sick in late March and the first two weeks of April, so we were both locked up together."

Secretary Robert Jenrick held on to his cabinet job after it became known that he had traveled to his country house from London.

Mr. Jenrick was also criticized for traveling 150 miles from his London estate to his Herefordshire home, from where he traveled to Shropshire with his parents.

However, he defended his actions and said he went to deliver food and medicine to his isolating parents.

This month, Professor Neil Ferguson quit as a member of the Sage Scientific Advisory Group after it became known that his girlfriend had visited him during the ban.

Scotland Yard criticized his behavior as "clearly disappointing" but refrained from being fined for having "taken responsibility" in response to the corona virus after resigning as a key government adviser.

Scottish chief physician Catherine Calderwood also resigned after making two trips to her second home during the ban.

Although Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Dr. Supporting Calderwood to stay in her position, she finally decided to give up her role so as not to distract from the government's socially distant message.

Mr. Cummings was a longtime political advisor who gained the reputation of an outsider in Westminster.

He made waves as a special advisor to the then Minister of Education Michael Gove, who closed horns with teachers he called "blob".

The Erz-Brexiter mastered the vote leave victory in the 2016 referendum, but was quickly thrown into the political wilderness when Theresa May became prime minister.

The neighbors in Durham split over the No. 10 chief's lockdown visit

The property that Mr. Cummings and his family are said to have traveled 260 miles to is a stone house with a separate building to the rear.

The historic house in the south of the historic city of Durham is in a rural setting, surrounded by trees and farmland, but on a busy main road.

A neighbor described how a large sign saying "Brexit means Brexit" was displayed for a time on family-run land in the area.

The significant house, valued at around £ 695,000, appears to have separate accommodation on the back.

The average price of a house in Durham is only £ 193,000.

Some locals were annoyed by the news that the political adviser had apparently violated the ban rules.

Others, however, remained defiant and spoke out for the 48-year-old. Amanda Fay, 46, a manager, a neighbor of Dominic Cummings' parents, said, "He's an idiot, it's a joke, it's unfair.

"I don't know why he is allowed to travel. "How can it be for childcare? How is that possible? He also lives with older parents, which obviously endangers them.

Considering that he also had symptoms that make it worse and more shocking. "It's like he can do what he wants. It endangers people in Durham. Why shouldn't he be reprimanded for this?

& # 39; I agree with many people that he should resign. Why set up rules that you cannot abide by? & # 39;

Another neighbor, who did not want to be named, defended him and said: “I have never seen him in person. "But I'm sure he behaved perfectly when he was here.

"I think it's perfectly reasonable, if it's an emergency, I see no reason to stand up."

He returned to the government in 2019 as a senior adviser to Mr. Johnson on Downing Street.

The property that Mr. Cummings and his family are said to have traveled 260 miles to is a stone house with a separate building to the rear.

The historic house in the south of the historic city of Durham is in a rural setting, surrounded by trees and farmland, but on a busy main road.

A neighbor described how a large sign saying "Brexit means Brexit" was displayed for a time on family-run land in the area.

The significant house, valued at around £ 695,000, appears to have separate accommodation on the back.

The average price of a house in Durham is only £ 193,000.

Some locals were annoyed by the news that the political adviser had apparently violated the blocking rules.

Andere blieben jedoch trotzig und sprachen sich für den 48-Jährigen aus. Amanda Fay, 46, eine Geschäftsführerin, eine Nachbarin der Eltern von Dominic Cummings, sagte: „Er ist ein Idiot, es ist ein Witz, es ist unfair.

„Ich weiß nicht, warum er reisen darf. „Wie kann es für die Kinderbetreuung sein? Wie ist das möglich? Er wohnt auch bei älteren Eltern, was sie offensichtlich gefährdet.

In Anbetracht dessen, dass er auch Symptome hatte, die es noch schlimmer und schockierender machen. „Es ist, als ob er tun kann, was er will. Er gefährdet Menschen in Durham. Warum sollte er nicht dafür gerügt werden?

'Ich stimme vielen Leuten zu, er sollte zurücktreten. Warum Regeln aufstellen, die du nicht einhalten kannst? & # 39;

Ein anderer Nachbar, der nicht genannt werden wollte, verteidigte ihn und sagte: „Ich habe ihn nie persönlich gesehen. „Aber ich bin sicher, er hat sich perfekt benommen, als er hier war.

"Ich denke, es ist völlig vernünftig, wenn es ein Notfall ist, sehe ich keinen Grund, fest aufzustehen."

Wer sind die anderen hochkarätigen Persönlichkeiten, denen vorgeworfen wird, die Sperre aufgehoben zu haben?

Professor Neil Ferguson

Der Wissenschaftler, dessen Forschungen dazu beigetragen haben, die Sperrung einzuleiten, trat von seiner Rolle als wichtiger Regierungsberater zurück, nachdem er zugegeben hatte, dass er die Regeln der sozialen Distanzierung untergraben hatte, indem er Berichten zufolge seine "Geliebte" Antonia Staats in seinem Haus traf.

Scotland Yard kritisierte sein Verhalten als "eindeutig enttäuschend", schloss jedoch die Verhängung einer Geldbuße aus, da er nach seinem Rücktritt als wichtiger Regierungsberater in der Reaktion auf das Coronavirus "die Verantwortung übernommen" habe.

Dr. Catherine Calderwood

Schottlands Chefarzt trat im April zurück, nachdem er zweimal gegen die Sperrbeschränkungen verstoßen hatte, um ihr zweites Zuhause zu besuchen, das sich mehr als eine Stunde von ihrem Hauptwohnsitz in Edinburgh entfernt befand.

Obwohl der schottische Erste Minister Nicola Sturgeon Dr. Calderwood unterstützte, um in ihrer Position zu bleiben, beschloss sie schließlich, ihre Rolle aufzugeben, um nicht von der sozial distanzierenden Botschaft der Regierung abzulenken.

Wohnungssekretär Robert Jenrick

Wohnungssekretär Robert Jenrick

Robert Jenrick

Der Sekretär für Wohnungswesen, Gemeinden und Kommunalverwaltung war gezwungen, sich zu erklären, nachdem er mehr als eine Stunde gereist war, um seine Eltern zu besuchen, obwohl er die Menschen gewarnt hatte, zu Hause zu bleiben.

Herr Jenrick wurde auch dafür kritisiert, dass er 150 Meilen von seinem Londoner Anwesen zu seinem Haus in Herefordshire gereist war, von wo aus er zu seinen Eltern nach Shropshire gereist war.

Er verteidigte jedoch seine Aktionen und sagte, er sei gegangen, um seinen isolierenden Eltern Lebensmittel und Medikamente zu liefern.

Stephen Kinnock

Der Abgeordnete für Aberavon in Südwales wurde öffentlich von der Polizei beschämt, nachdem er nach London gereist war, um den Geburtstag seines Vaters zu feiern.

Nachdem Herr Kinnock auf Twitter ein Foto von sich gepostet hatte, auf dem er mit seinen Eltern außerhalb ihres Hauses soziale Distanzierung praktizierte, antwortete die Polizei von Südwales: „Wir wissen, dass es eine schöne Sache ist, den Geburtstag Ihres Vaters zu feiern, aber dies ist keine wesentliche Reise. Wir alle haben unseren Teil dazu beizutragen. Wir fordern Sie dringend auf, die (Sperr-) Beschränkungen einzuhalten. Sie sind vorhanden, um uns alle zu schützen. Vielen Dank.'

Vom Abstimmungsurlaub zum Team Boris: Der Aufstieg von Dominic Cummings, dem politischen Außenseiter, der beschuldigt wird, gegen die Sperrregeln verstoßen zu haben

Der leitende Berater von Premierminister Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings, wurde angeblich bei einem Besuch im Haus seiner Eltern in Durham erwischt, als er sich von Covid-19 erholte.

Herr Cummings wurde in der Politik bekannt, zuerst als Berater von Michael Gove und dann als Kampagnenleiter bei der offiziellen Brexit-Gruppe Vote Leave.

Er wurde von Benedict Cumberbatch in einem Channel 4-Drama über die Brexit-Kampagne porträtiert, die seine Rolle bei der Abdeckung eines roten Busses mit den umstrittenen 350 Millionen Pfund pro Woche spielte und argumentierte, dass das Geld zur Finanzierung des NHS verwendet werden könnte.

Herr Cummings, eine Hassfigur für viele EU-pro-Politiker, sagte, das Argument von 350 Millionen Pfund / NHS sei "notwendig", um die Kampagne zu gewinnen.

Herr Johnson ernannte Herrn Cummings zu seinem Top-Team als Senior Adviser bei Nummer 10, als er im Sommer 2019 Premierminister wurde

Herr Johnson ernannte Herrn Cummings zu seinem Top-Team als Senior Adviser bei Nummer 10, als er im Sommer 2019 Premierminister wurde

Herr Johnson ernannte Herrn Cummings zu seinem Top-Team als Senior Adviser bei Nummer 10, als er im Sommer 2019 Premierminister wurde.

Die Ernennung des ehemaligen Kampagnenleiters war umstritten, da festgestellt wurde, dass er Anfang des Jahres das Parlament verachtete, weil er sich geweigert hatte, Abgeordneten, die Fehlinformationen untersuchen, Beweise vorzulegen.

Mr Cummings has built a reputation as someone who does not play by the rules of conventional politics.

He was once called a 'career psychopath' by former prime minister David Cameron, according to widely reported remarks.

But Mr Cummings is no stranger to an insult either, describing David Davis, then the Brexit secretary, as 'thick as mince, lazy as a toad and vain as Narcissus' in July 2017.

Mr Cummings rose to notoriety in politics, first as an adviser to Michael Gove and then as campaign director at the official Brexit group Vote Leave

Mr Cummings rose to notoriety in politics, first as an adviser to Michael Gove and then as campaign director at the official Brexit group Vote Leave

The December 2019 election victory gave Mr Johnson the political capital he needed to take bold decisions – and Mr Cummings soon set to work on his goal of reshaping Whitehall, issuing a recruitment call for data scientists, economists and 'weirdos and misfits with odd skills' to shake up the Civil Service.

In April, it was revealed Mr Cummings has also been present at meetings co-ordinating the response to the coronavirus pandemic as part of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage).

This raised concerns over a lack of breadth in expertise of the meetings and political interference in science-based advice.

Mr Cummings had previously been observed failing to follow the two-metre social distancing rules as he walked along Downing Street flanked by fellow aide Cleo Watson on April 14.

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