Boris Johnson’ chief advisor has been questioned by police about breaking lockdown rules in the UK.
Dominic Cummings, the man seen at the side of the Prime Minister at Downing Street, was meant to be self-isolating at home after coming down with Covid-19 symptoms.
However, he was spotted travelling between London and his parent’s home in County Durham 260 miles away.
Police in Durham were contacted by a member of the public about Mr Cummings’ being at his parents’ house and explained to the family that lockdown rules imposed by Mr Johnson says earlier, meant that this shouldn’t be allowed.
Dominic Cummings has been made infamous for turning up to Downing Street in just jeans and casual jumpers and trainers, though he has been aiding the Tory number one on matters from Brexit to coronavirus.
A government spokesperson had confirmed on the 30th of March that Mr Cummings was self-isolating after suffering symptoms of coronavirus.
At the time, government advice was that people should stay at home and not travel to second homes, with fines dished out for people caught flouting rules.
The chief advisor was also witnessed at his parent’s home with his child in April. It is unclear whether he travelled back and forth between the two homes on the taxpayers dime or if he had been there since being told to quarantine.
A Labour spokesperson from the Tory’s opposition said: “If accurate, the prime minister’s chief adviser appears to have breached the lockdown rules. The government’s guidance was very clear: stay at home and no non-essential travel.
“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.”
The Scottish National Party’s (SNP) Westminster leader Ian Blackford went further, saying Mr Cummings’ position was “completely untenable”, adding “he must resign or be sacked”.
In a series of tweet, Mr. Blackford said: “This is a key test of leadership for Boris Johnson. People must have confidence that the Tory government is following its own rules – not being investigated by the police for breaking them.
“Millions of people will find it completely incredible that Boris Johnson’s most senior adviser has been breaking his own government’s rules when the rest of us have all made huge sacrifices to obey them.
“There was absolutely nothing in the list of reasons under the law for leaving the house that allowed someone to travel the length of the country to stay with their parents, particularly not someone who was known to have the virus.”
Flouting of lockdown restrictions throughout March and April, when the lockdown was strictest, have recently led to some high-profile resignations.
Scotland’s chief medical officer Catherine Calderwood quit her job after it emerged she had twice visited a second home in Fife.
She had been on television previously telling people not to travel to second homes, yet was doing it herself.
Professor Neil Ferguson, one of the government’s most high-profile scientific advisers, resigned from the SAGE committee after allegations of a woman who wasn’t apart of his household had visited him on several occasions.
The Tory government are yet to respond to the reports related to Mr Cummings.