The ex-brother-in-law of the prime minister’s chief assistant comes to his rescue on allegations of breaking the rules for closing rules
Dominic Cummings’ family was tagged by the police: Durham policeman contradicts Downing Street, revealing it spoke to the 10 chief’s father – as the assistant’s ex-brother-in-law says it was easy to isolate on the farm where he brought their groceries
- Matthew Herriott said it was easy to isolate himself from Cummings’s parents’ home
- He said there are self-contained apartments, each with separate entrances
- Downing Street said Mr. Cummings’ sister left his groceries at the door
Police have dismissed Downing Street’s claim that officers have not spoken to Dominic Cummings’ family about allegedly breaking lockdown rules.
The number 10 version began to unravel last night when Durham Constabulary made a contradictory statement that the political assistant’s father had been contacted.
Boris Johnson’s senior adviser traveled to his parents’ farm in the Northeast to isolate himself with his wife and child, raising allegations of flirtation and demanding that he resign.
His ex-brother-in-law drove to his defense last night, insisting that it was “ very, very easy ” for the No. 10 chef to get home to his parents.
Matthew Herriott, a farmer who lives close to North Lodge, said the property includes a number of self-contained apartments attached to the main house, accessible only through a separate entrance.
Under attack: Dominic Cummings and his wife Mary Wakefield left the house yesterday
It meant that Mr Cummings, his wife Mary Wakefield and their young son could stay in the £ 800,0000 sandstone farm without coming into contact with his parents, Morag and Robert.
But it didn’t stop the police from inquiring as to why the Downing Street adviser had traveled 264 miles to the farm during the closure.
No. 10 had said this morning, “At no time was he [Mr Cummings] or his family spoke of this, as reported, “and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that statement was” black and white “during the daily Downing Street briefing.
But in a statement released on Saturday evening, police said, “After a significant number of media investigations over the weekend, Durham Constabulary can add the following detail.
“On Tuesday, March 31, our officers were informed that Dominic Cummings had traveled from London to Durham and was at an address in the city.
“At the request of Mr. Cummings’ father, an officer contacted the telephone the following morning.
During that conversation, Mr. Cummings’s father confirmed that his son and his family had traveled from London to the northeast and isolated themselves in part of the property.
Durham Constabulary felt that no further action was needed. However, the officer gave advice on security issues. ‘
The property includes a number of self-contained apartments attached to the main house, which are only accessible through a separate entrance
In a statement yesterday, Downing Street insisted that Mr. Cummings’s sister shop for the family and leave everything outside the box.
There are also outbuildings on the estate where guests stay from time to time.
In a statement yesterday, Downing Street insisted that Mr. Cummings’s sister shop for the family and leave everything at their doorstep.
“North Lodge is undoubtedly large enough to accommodate so many people,” Mr. Herriott told The Mail on Sunday. “It’s one building, but it’s split into separate apartments, so it’s very, very easy for anyone to isolate themselves.
“It has multiple extensions, if you like, so it is more than enough to live there and not be in touch with anyone. It is also on a hectare of land, I think. ‘
Mr. Cummings’ father bought the property in 1999 after his retirement from the oil industry.
Mr Cummings, who now co-owns North Lodge with his father, came under fire last year after it was revealed that his family had received £ 235,000 in EU agricultural subsidies.
There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing. It is believed that he became owner of the cottage in 2002 after leaving his job as head of the conservative party.
According to a profile from Mr. Cummings of the Conservative Home website, “after his discharge,” he then spent two and a half years in a bunker he and his father built for him on their farm in Durham, where he taught science and read history and try to understand the world ‘.