LONDON – Boris Johnson met on Saturday to postpone his chief aide after allegedly breaking social distance rules when he was ill with coronavirus symptoms.
Dominic Cummings, Johnson’s chief adviser, visited his parents when he was ill with covid-19 symptoms, according to reports in the Guardian and Mirror Newspapers, which splashed across their front pages.
Cummings parents live in Durham, about 250 miles away from their East London home. The government̵
Opposition lawmakers said if Cummings had broken the guidelines, then he needed to go.
“It’s that simple,” says Edward Davey, acting leader of the Liberal Democrats.
Cummings is Johnson’s key advisor and a larger-than-life figure in British politics. His leading role in the Brexit campaign in 2016 was portrayed by actor Benedict Cumberbatch in an HBO movie “Brexit: The Uncivil War.”
At the end of March, Cummings was seen rushing off 10 Downing Street, shortly after Johnson and UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock tested positive for coronavirus.
Downing Street said in a Mailed statement that at the time, Cummings’ family needed help with child care, and so they “went to a house nearby, but separated from their family in case their help was needed.”
The statement added that Cummings, “believes he behaved in a reasonable and legal manner.”
Earlier this month, Neil Ferguson, an epidemiologist whose work has been crucial in the British government’s response to the outbreak, quit his government council after proving he had broken the rules to meet his married lover.
Catherine Calderwood, Scotland’s chief medical officer, also resigned from her post after making two trips to her second home.