Theresa May wades in Dominic Cummings row as former prime minister says he ‘didn’t follow the spirit’ of 260-mile drive lockdown rules
- Theresa May wrote to her constituents criticizing Dominic Cummings
- Former Prime Minister said her successor senior assistant has broken the “spirit” of the lockdown rules
- Nearly 100 Tory MPs have called on Mr. Cummings to go or criticized his behavior
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Theresa May has become the latest conservative heavyweight to conquer the row over Dominic Cummings, saying he has broken the “spirit” of lockdown rules.
In a letter to her constituents in Maidenhead, the former prime minister said her successor’s senior advisor “did not act in the spirit of the leadership” and that she “can well understand the anger” of those who did.
Cummings was accused of breaking lockdown rules after traveling from London to his parents’ farm in Durham, against government officials fearing he would be knocked down by the corona virus and unable to son to take care of.
Theresa May has become the latest conservative heavyweight to wade in line over Dominic Cummings, saying he’s broken the ‘spirit’ of lockdown rules
Dominic Cummings was accused of breaking lockdown rules after traveling from London to his parents’ farm in Durham against government leaders fearing he would be affected by the corona virus
After recovering from what he believed to be a coronavirus, the assistant and his family traveled to a local beauty spot near Barnard Castle to ‘test his eyesight’ before returning to London.
Durham police said Mr Cummings might have broken “the rules” during the trip, but that he would take further action.
There are now nearly 100 Tory MPs, including several ministers, who have called on Mr Cummings to go or criticize his behavior.
Last night, Theresa May became the last prominent Tory MP to criticize the assistant.
She said: What this issue has shown is that there was a discrepancy between the simple messages of the government and the details of the legislation passed by parliament.
“Under these circumstances, I don’t think Mr. Cummings followed the spirit of the guidance.”
His actions were met with anger by the public and politicians when they were revealed by the Daily Mirror and The Guardian.
“I can well understand the anger of those who have adhered to the spirit of government leadership and expect others to do so,” Ms. May added.
But she also expressed concern that the continued focus on Mr. Cummings “detracts from the main task of addressing the corona virus and initiating the recovery process and facilitating the lockdown.”
Durham police chief faces a possible investigation into how the investigation into Dominic Cummings’ journey has been settled following an angry public outcry.
A number of British complaints are angry with the handling of the investigation is believed to have been made against Chief of Police of the Armed Forces, Jo Farrell.
The Force’s Professional Standards Department reviews complaints before deciding whether to proceed with the case.
The Independent Police Behavioral Bureau (IOPC) will also be informed, but no referrals have yet been made, reports indicate.
A Durham police spokesman said there is “currently” no investigation into the Force’s handling of the investigation.