Dominic Cummings has the & # 39; full support & # 39; of the prime minister after details revealed he traveled 250 miles to County Durham during the lockdown.

Boris Johnson had come under pressure to sack his top assistant after it was revealed that he was driving his wife and children from their London home to a family home in the North East after his custom developed coronavirus-related symptoms.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, speaking at the Daily Downing Street Covid-19 briefing, said: "I can tell you that Prime Minister Mr Cummings offers his full support."

Number 10 had the former Vote Leave campaign mastermind offered its support when he issued a statement on Saturday stating that Mr Cummings' actions were "in line with coronavirus guidelines".

But Mr Shapps' latest comments are an indication that the prime minister is hanging by the controversial figure, which he gave credit for helping secure his December election victory.

The SNP had called on the leadership of the Conservative Party to sack Mr Cummings, with the party, along with Labor and the Liberal Democrats, after he wrote to Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill and demanded an inquiry into what happened.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has offered his 'full support' to Dominic Cummings. There were calls for him to hire his top assistant (Victoria Jones / PA)

According to a joint investigation by the & # 39; Guardian and Daily Mirror, Mr Cummings was twice in & # 39; e North East detected in & # 39; for almost a week, between March 31 and April 5.

Number 10, in its statement on Saturday, confirmed that the 48-year-old had not yet begun displaying Covid-19 symptoms when he was driving to Durham, but did so in a "high chance" he would require contracting and child care for his four-year-old son.

Deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries said traveling during the lockdown could be justified if there was an "extreme life risk".

When asked whether Mr Cummings's actions undermined the message "stay at home" that was first promoted by the UK government, Dr Harries declined to comment on the specific incident.

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<p>She told the press conference: “In relation to the advice to the public, it is very clear that guidance for public health is, if you are symptomatic, then you stay home, take yourself out as fast as you can with your family and stay there, except if there is an extreme risk of life. "</p>
<p>Mr. Cummings spoke with reporters outside his London home Saturday, saying he had acted "reasonably and legally".</p>
<p>When a reporter suggested outside his London home that the trip to Durham did not look good, he replied: "Who is doing well?</p>
<p>& # 39; It's a question of doing the right thing. It's not about what you guys think. "</p>
<p>Durham Constabulary said it contacted Mr Cummings' family after reports he had seen in the area but no. 10 denies that version of events.</p>
<p>In a statement, a # 10 spokeswoman said: & # 39; Because of his wife being infected with suspected coronavirus and the high chance that he would not become well himself, it was necessary for Dominic Cummings to make sure his young child was able to properly are provided.</p>
<p>& # 39; His sister and cousins ​​volunteered to help, so he moved to a home in & # 39; neighborhood, but apart from his extended family in case their help was needed.</p>
<p>& # 39; His sister bought for the family and left everything outside.</p>
<p>"At no point was he or his family talked to the police about this matter, it is reported.</p>
<p>“His actions were in line with coronavirus guidelines. Mr. Cummings believes he has ridiculous and legal behavior. "</p>
<p>Durham Constabulary said in a statement on Friday that officials contacted property owners on March 31, more than a week after the lockdown was imposed by the prime minister, when they were made aware of reports that an individual had traveled from London.</p>
<p>On Friday, an Army spokesman said: "On Tuesday, March 31, our officers were made aware of reports that an individual had traveled from London to Durham and was present at an address in & # 39; the city.</p>
<p>“Officers contacted the owners of that address, who did not confirm that the individual was present and even isolated in a part of the house.</p>
<p>"In accordance with national policy guidelines, officers explained to the family the rules on self-isolation guidelines and repeated the appropriate advice on essential travel."</p>
<p>The force declined to update its statement to the Downing St comment.</p>
<p>But Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Steve White said officers "acted appropriately."</p>
<p>Mr White, the former head of the Police Federation in England and Wales, said it was "most unlikely" for the Downing Street adviser to travel when he was "known to be infected".</p>


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