Dominic Cummings has the “full support” of Boris Johnson after it emerged the prime minister’s high aide travelled 260 miles from London to Durham through the lockdown.
The PM has come below stress to sack him after it was revealed he drove his spouse and little one to a household property within the North East after his partner developed coronavirus-associated signs.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, talking on the each day Downing Street Covid-19 briefing, mentioned: “I can tell you the PM provides Mr Cummings with his full support.”
Number 10 had already provided Mr Cummings its assist in a press release on Saturday, stating that the aide’s actions “were in line with coronavirus guidelines”.
But Mr Shapps’ newest feedback are a sign that the PM is sticking by the controversial determine, who he credited with serving to safe him his landslide election victory in December.
The SNP had been calling for the Conservative Party chief to sack Mr Cummings.
The occasion and Labour have written to Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill demanding an inquiry into what occurred.
Mr Cummings, chatting with reporters outdoors his London house on Saturday, mentioned he had acted “reasonably and legally”.
When a reporter prompt to him outdoors his London house that the journey to Durham didn’t look good, he replied: “Who cares about attractiveness?
“It’s a query of doing the appropriate factor. It’s not about what you guys suppose.”
In a press release, a No 10 spokesman mentioned: “Owing to his spouse being contaminated with suspected coronavirus and the excessive probability that he would himself change into unwell, it was important for Dominic Cummings to make sure his younger little one could possibly be correctly cared for.
“His sister and nieces had volunteered to assist so he went to a home close to to however separate from his prolonged household in case their assist was wanted.
“His sister shopped for the household and left the whole lot outdoors.
“At no stage was he or his household spoken to by the police about this matter, as is being reported.
“His actions were in line with coronavirus guidelines. Mr Cummings believes he behaved reasonably and legally.”