PM gives Cummings ‘full support’ after 250-mile lockdown trip

Boris Johnson had come under pressure to sack his top aide, Dominic Cummings.

Support: Boris Johnson has given his backing to Dominic Cummings. Getty Images
Support: Boris Johnson has given his backing to Dominic Cummings.

Dominic Cummings has the “full support” of the Prime Minister after details emerged that he travelled 250 miles to County Durham during the lockdown.

Boris Johnson had come under pressure to sack his top aide after it was revealed he drove his wife and child to a family property in the North East after his spouse developed coronavirus-related symptoms.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps, speaking at the daily Downing Street Covid-19 briefing on Saturday, said: “I can tell you the PM provides Mr Cummings with his full support.”

Cummings, speaking to reporters outside his London home on Saturday, said he had acted “reasonably and legally”.

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Number 10, in an earlier statement, said Cummings had stayed in a separate property from the rest of his family while in Durham, and his sister and nieces delivered food.

“His actions were in line with coronavirus guidelines,” Downing Street added.