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‘Domnishambles’: Tory MPs continue piling pressure on Downing Street to sack Dominic Cummings

Rebellious Conservative MPs are piling pressure on Downing Street to remove Dominic Cummings – after the controversial press conference over his 260-mile trip to Durham. 

Mr Cummings, 48, faced an hour-long live television grilling tonight where he attempted to mount a defence of his decision to drive from London to County Durham with his son and Covid-carrying wife.  

The top Government aide admitted he took his wife Mary Wakefield and four-year-old son north to his family’s farm at the end of March, when she was suffering from coronavirus symptoms.

He also admitted that on April 12 – his wife’s birthday – he took a 30-mile drive to Barnard Castle, saying it was to test his eyesight before the long journey back to London – as he had suffered suspected coronavirus

But he denied allegations he and his family took a second trip north in April, despite claims he had been spotted walking in woods on April 19.

Conservative backbenchers have been calling on the Prime Minister to remove Mr Cummings from his influential position since the events were revealed.

Following tonight’s press conference, MP for Mid Norfolk, George Freeman, said that the Number 10 Covid briefing and Boris Johnson’s ‘important announcement’ on easing lockdown was ‘overwhelmed by continuing questions and controversy on Domnishambles curfew-gate’. 

Tory MP Peter Aldous, a public critic of Mr Cummings, had said his ‘initial view’ was sympathetic towards Mr Cummings, but after receiving a swathe of emails from constituents highlighting the sacrifices families have made, he has ‘revised this opinion’.

Dominic Cummings admitted he took his wife Mary Wakefield and four-year-old son north to his family’s farm at the end of March, when she was suffering from coronavirus-symptoms

George Freeman MP said that the Number 10 Covid briefing and Boris Johnson's 'important announcement' on easing lockdown was 'overwhelmed by continuing questions and controversy on Domnishambles curfew-gate'

George Freeman MP said that the Number 10 Covid briefing and Boris Johnson's 'important announcement' on easing lockdown was 'overwhelmed by continuing questions and controversy on Domnishambles curfew-gate'

George Freeman MP said that the Number 10 Covid briefing and Boris Johnson’s ‘important announcement’ on easing lockdown was ‘overwhelmed by continuing questions and controversy on Domnishambles curfew-gate’

Those high-up in the party have backed Mr Cummings - who did not apologise for his actions. Chancellor Rishi Sunak said that Dominic Cummings had 'made clear he was motivated by trying to protect his son and he took steps to be safe'

Those high-up in the party have backed Mr Cummings - who did not apologise for his actions. Chancellor Rishi Sunak said that Dominic Cummings had 'made clear he was motivated by trying to protect his son and he took steps to be safe'

Those high-up in the party have backed Mr Cummings – who did not apologise for his actions. Chancellor Rishi Sunak said that Dominic Cummings had ‘made clear he was motivated by trying to protect his son and he took steps to be safe’

‘The Government should recognise what families have gone through and what people are thinking and saying,’ he said, adding: ‘It is thus important that Dominic Cummings should now stand down.’

He told MailOnline he was taking soundings from constituents in Waveney after the Monday night appearance. ‘It was pretty powerful stuff,’ he said.

‘I was responding earlier to what constituents with no axe to grind were telling me in their droves.

‘I think I now just want to see how they respond to that. That’s what I want to see over the next 12-18 hours or so.’ 

But those high-up in the party have backed Mr Cummings – who did not apologise for his actions.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said that Dominic Cummings had ‘made clear he was motivated by trying to protect his son and he took steps to be safe’.

He added: ‘I understand people had serious questions about his actions – indeed many of you have made huge sacrifices – but I do believe today he explained himself.’ 

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said that Mr Cummings 'gave a full and open explanation and answered every question put'

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said that Mr Cummings 'gave a full and open explanation and answered every question put'

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said that Mr Cummings ‘gave a full and open explanation and answered every question put’

Member of Parliament for Waveney, Peter Aldous, had said his 'initial view' was sympathetic towards Mr Cummings, but after receiving a swathe of emails from constituents highlighting the sacrifices families have made, he has 'revised this opinion'

Member of Parliament for Waveney, Peter Aldous, had said his 'initial view' was sympathetic towards Mr Cummings, but after receiving a swathe of emails from constituents highlighting the sacrifices families have made, he has 'revised this opinion'

Member of Parliament for Waveney, Peter Aldous, had said his ‘initial view’ was sympathetic towards Mr Cummings, but after receiving a swathe of emails from constituents highlighting the sacrifices families have made, he has ‘revised this opinion’

Yesterday David Warburton MP had tweeted: 'As much as I despise any baying pitchfork-led trials by social media, I'm unconvinced by the PM's defence of #Cummings'

Yesterday David Warburton MP had tweeted: 'As much as I despise any baying pitchfork-led trials by social media, I'm unconvinced by the PM's defence of #Cummings'

Yesterday David Warburton MP had tweeted: ‘As much as I despise any baying pitchfork-led trials by social media, I’m unconvinced by the PM’s defence of #Cummings’

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said that Mr Cummings ‘gave a full and open explanation and answered every question put’.

He added: ‘He acted in the best interests of his sick wife and young child. He put no one else at risk. He clearly did what he believed was reasonable and within the rules.’

Several Conservatives broke ranks and hit out at Mr Cummings over the weekend – despite the senior advisor having the backing of the Prime Minister. 

Yesterday David Warburton MP had tweeted: ‘As much as I despise any baying pitchfork-led trials by social media, I’m unconvinced by the PM’s defence of #Cummings.

‘We’ve all been tasked with tempering our parental, and other, instincts by strictly adhering to Govt guidance.’

Craig Whittaker MP had said: 'I totally agree that Dominic Cummings position is untenable'

Craig Whittaker MP had said: 'I totally agree that Dominic Cummings position is untenable'

Craig Whittaker MP had said: ‘I totally agree that Dominic Cummings position is untenable’

Caroline Nokes, Conservative MP for Romsey and Southampton North, had said 'There cannot be one rule for most of us and wriggle room for others'

Caroline Nokes, Conservative MP for Romsey and Southampton North, had said 'There cannot be one rule for most of us and wriggle room for others'

Caroline Nokes, Conservative MP for Romsey and Southampton North, had said ‘There cannot be one rule for most of us and wriggle room for others’

Craig Whittaker MP had said: ‘I totally agree that Dominic Cummings position is untenable. I’m sure he took the decision in the best interests of his family but like every decision we take we also have to take responsibility for those decisions. You cannot advise the nation one thing then do the opposite.’

Caroline Nokes, Conservative MP for Romsey and Southampton North, had said ‘There cannot be one rule for most of us and wriggle room for others’.

She added: ‘My inbox is rammed with very angry constituents and I do not blame them. They have made difficult sacrifices over the course of the last 9 weeks.’

Paul Maynard, Member of Parliament for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, had said it was a ‘classic case of do as I say, not as I do’, adding: ‘It is not as if he was unfamiliar with guidance he himself helped draw up.

‘It seems to me to be utterly indefensible and his position wholly untenable.’ 

Source: Daily Mail – Articles

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