TV FIREBRAND Piers Morgan says that if Boris Johnson doesn’t fire his top aide for allegedly breaching lockdown rules, it means the lockdown is “over”.
The Prime Minister is facing calls to sack Dominic Cummings today after Mr Johnson’s chief adviser travelled more than 260 miles with coronavirus symptoms from London to his parents’ home in Durham.
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Officials from Downing Street say Mr Cummings didn’t break Government guidance on lockdown because he and his wife, journalist Mary Wakefield, stayed in a different building.
But now Good Morning Britain host Piers has taken to Twitter to vent, and says he may go and visit his own family.
“If Boris doesn’t fire Cummings today, then I will deem the lockdown over & drive down to see my parents (from a 2m distance) for the first time in 12 weeks,” he said.
“I’m not having one rule for these clowns & another for the rest of us.”
When senior Tory minister Michael Gove commented: “Caring for your wife and child is not a crime”, Piers hit back: “Oh please.
“Cummings brazenly broke the rules YOUR Govt – advised by HIM – enforced on everyone else.”
‘I WILL DEEM THE LOCKDOWN OVER IF HE ISN’T FIRED’
The TV star also Tweeted Health Secretary Matt Hancock directly, asking: “Do you stand by Dominic Cummings?”
And in another message, Piers posted: “Cummings didn’t have a single person in London who could drop food outside his door?
“Either he is the most friendless human being in the world, or he’s a liar.”
Mr Cummings reportedly travelled to Durham so his parents could help with child care while the aide and his wife, journalist Mary Wakefield, had Covid-19 symptoms.
At the time Downing Street claimed he was holed up in his London home.
Mr Cummings’ wife gave a detailed account of the family’s coronavirus ordeal in her Spectator column – but failed to mention that they had allegedly broken lockdown.
Mrs Wakefield revealed that No10 chief Mr Cummings, 48, spent 10 days bedridden after “collapsing” and having “spasms”.
She also appears to have suggested the family remained at their London home for the duration of the illness, writing: “After the uncertainty of the bug itself, we emerged from quarantine into the almost comical uncertainty of London lockdown.”
Durham Constabulary confirmed they had visited the home of Mr Cummings’ parents – Robert and Morag – and given the family a ticking off.
A spokesman for the force said: “On Tuesday, March 31, our officers were made aware of reports that an individual had travelled from London to Durham and was present at an address in the city.
“Officers made contact with the owners of that address who confirmed that the individual in question was present and was self-isolating in part of the house.
“In line with national policing guidance, officers explained to the family the guidelines around self-isolation and reiterated the appropriate advice around essential travel”.
A No10 spokesperson said today: “Owing to his wife being infected with suspected coronavirus and the high likelihood that he would himself become unwell, it was essential for Dominic Cummings to ensure his young child could be properly cared for.
“His sister and nieces had volunteered to help so he went to a house near to but separate from his extended family in case their help was needed.
His sister shopped for the family and left everything outside.
“At no stage was he or his family spoken to by the police about this matter, as is being reported.
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“His actions were in line with coronavirus guidelines.
“Mr Cummings believes he behaved reasonably and legally.”
It comes weeks after ‘Professor Lockdown’ resigned his Government post after breaching lockdown rules at least twice.
Prof Neil Ferguson, 51, allowed his married lover to visit him at home during the lockdown while lecturing the public on the need for strict social distancing to halt the spread of Covid-19.
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