Piers Morgan is demanding Prime Minister Boris Johnson sack his chief aide Dominic Cummings after he travelled from London to Durham when he was self-isolating with coronavirus symptoms
Dominic Cummings is facing calls he should be sacked or resign by the end of this evening over his coronavirus lockdown breach.
Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan has demanded Boris Johnson sack his chief adviser if Mr Cummings doesn’t show himself the door.
Boris Johnson’s top aide was investigated by police after breaking the Government’s own lockdown rules.
The Prime Minister’s chief-of-staff was spotted by witnesses at his parents’ home in Durham when Downing Street said he was self-isolating with coronavirus symptoms in London, the Mirror revealed tonight in a joint-exclusive report with the Guardian.
Mr Cummings started suffering from a bout of coronavirus at the end of March which left him self-isolating with his wife and young son for 14 days.
Downing Street claimed he was holed up in his London home – and afterwards his wife wrote about “emerging from quarantine” into the London lockdown.
The top adviser is facing allegations of hypocrisy tonight, as the Government orders Brits with coronavirus symptoms to self-isolate and everyone else to follow strict social distancing guidelines.
Mr Morgan has said the Prime Minister should sack his chief adviser if Mr Cummings doesn’t show himself the door.
He tweeted: “Are you f*cking kidding me????? Cummings should resign immediately or be fired.”
He followed up: “So, Boris Johnson’s right hand man Dominic Cummings broke lockdown to go to his parents’ house 100s of miles away… AS HE SELF-ISOLATED WITH CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS.
“Fire him tonight Prime Minister @BorisJohnson – or why should anybody heed your lockdown rules?”
SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford tweeted: “Following the news that Dominic Cummings travelled from London to Durham during lockdown and his behaviour was investigated by the police, his position is completely untenable – he must resign or be sacked.”
And broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer tweeted: “When I had coronavirus in mid March, do you know what I didn’t do? Visit my parents. You know why?
“Because I didn’t want to infect my mid-70s parents. And that was before the lockdown forbade me to do it.
“What Cummings did was morally and legally wrong. End of.”
A spokesperson for the Labour party said: “The British people do not expect there to be one rule for them and another rule for Dominic Cummings. Number 10 needs to provide a very swift explanation for his actions.”
An unnamed Tory minister told the Financial Times: “How can any government minister, or MP for that matter, ask the public to obey by the rules when the advisor most closest to the prime minister so flagrantly ignores them? It’s hard to see how he can stay based on what we know.”
This latest incident marks fresh embarrassment for Downing Street, after top scientific adviser Professor Neil Ferguson resigned over breaching lockdown rules.
The Imperial College researcher whose modelling formed the terrifying predictions that led to heavy restrictions being imposed around the world admitted his married lover visited him during the UK’s lockdown.
Labour MP Justin Madders tweeted: “Professor Neil Ferguson had to resign for breaching lockdown rules, I suspect Cummings will not behave so honourably.”
Close friends of Dominic Cummings claim there is ‘zero chance’ he will resign over breaching the coronavirus lockdown.
The friend, who remained anonymous,told the Press Association news agency: “He isn’t remotely bothered,” adding “there is zero chance of him resigning.”