Dominic Cummings Statement

I have refrained from making public comment on the issue relating to Dominic Cummings until I was certain that most of the facts had come out and the context had been put in place. While more information may well yet emerge, I believe we now have a good understanding of the situation.

In short, I agree with those who are saying that Dominic Cummings should resign, or else be dismissed, from the Prime Minister’s employment. While there might have been extenuating personal circumstances relating to his situation, the same is true for very many people across the country who are dutifully obeying both the letter and the spirit of the rules.

Indeed, like many others, I have found the rules to be personally heart-wrenching. On 5th May, my father died of Coronavirus and the pain and guilt of my being unable to visit him as he fought for his life will haunt me for the rest of my days. I wouldn’t wish this situation on anyone, but I know that many of my constituents have suffered in the same or similar ways. And given that we are fighting against a world-wide pandemic, we really do need to be all in this together. That means you, me, Ministers and senior officials.

I am, therefore, urging the Prime Minister, and all those closely connected to him, to recognise the strength of feeling which exists on this issue and to dismiss Mr Cummings without further delay.