A Tory MP has apologised after ‘forgetting’ to put on a face mask on an hour-long train to London.
Danny Kruger, a self-confessed ‘old friend’ of the PM’s top aide Dominic Cummings, had just told his constituents in a Facebook message that they ‘MUST wear a face covering’ unless exempt.
But days later, an eagle-eyed passenger posted a picture of Mr Kruger sitting at a train table wearing earphones, with the caption: ‘Don’t blame it on the young people Boris when your own party aren’t even following your rules.’
Mr Kruger, who was Boris Johnson’s former political secretary before being elected as Devizes MP in 2019, said in a statement: ‘I boarded an almost empty carriage at Hungerford and quite simply forgot to put on my mask.
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‘When I got to Paddington I realised my mistake and covered up for the rest of my journey.
‘If the person had reminded me rather than taking a photo and posting it on social media I would of course have put on my mask then and there.
‘I do apologise for my mistake.’
Great Western Railway, the train operator that runs the route between Hungerford and Paddington, warns passengers on its website that they face a £100 fine for failing to wear a face covering on its services.
Mr Kruger’s apology comes after Mr Johnson warned last week the UK was now experiencing a second wave of coronavirus infections and announced fines of up to £10,000 for people who test positive for the virus but refuse to self-isolate.
The PM is preparing to address MPs today amid rumours that national lockdown measures banning socialising between two households could be put in place.
Professor Paul Hunter, from the University of East Anglia, said there were examples of ‘people in authority’ who were not following the Government’s coronavirus-related restrictions.
He told the BBC: ‘We’ve certainly seen a lot of confusion and a lot of mixed messages over the past few months and examples of people in authority who don’t feel that they need to follow the rules themselves.’
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