Minister resigns over Dominic Cummings controversy

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Junior minister Douglas Ross has become the first to resign from government over the fallout surrounding Boris Johnson’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings.

The Under Secretary of State for Scotland said today that he was quitting after hearing Mr Cummings’ attempt to defend his trip from London to Durham during coronavirus lockdown.

In his resignation letter, Mr Ross said that while Mr Cummings’ intentions may have been “well-meaning”, his interpretation of the rules was “not shared by the vast majority of people”.

The Moray MP went on: “I have constituents who didn’t get to say goodbye to loved ones; families who could not mourn together; people who didn’t visit sick relatives because they followed the guidance of the Government.

“I cannot in good faith tell them they were all wrong and one senior adviser to the Government was right.”

The resignation came amid continued concerns over how the Prime Minister's defence of Mr Cummings will affect the public, police and health workers during the pandemic.

Mr Cummings has resisted calls to step down from his position, insisting that he acted within the law.

He said his journey to Durham in March was justified as he sought to protect his family’s health.

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