Lisa Nandy: Dominic Cummings’ lack of apology is ‘slap in the face’

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy has condemned Dominic Cummings for not apologising after being accused of breaching coronavirus lockdown.

Speaking with talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, the Labour MP said it was becoming “increasingly unsustainable” for Mr Cummings to keep his position as Boris Johnson’s chief adviser and maintain public trust.

She said Britons were upset by the claim that Mr Cummings was “putting his family first” by driving 260 miles to Durham in spite of lockdown restrictions.

“What seems fairly difficult to accept for a lot of people…is the idea that the person who authored those rules can then repeatedly break them and when challenged about it doesn’t express any regret and refuses to apologise,” Ms Nandy said.

She added: “I think for a lot families, who have made much bigger sacrifices, including having loved ones dies in care homes without being able to say goodbye, that really is a slap in the face.”

Mr Cummings has maintained that that his actions were within the law because of concerns over childcare, which has been backed by the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

In a special briefing on Monday, Mr Cummings said he did not regret taking his family up north but admitted that “reasonable people may disagree.”

Mr Johnson will today be questioned on the issue by senior MPs, as up to 30 Conservatives join call for him to remove Mr Cummings from his post.

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