PM again supports adviser over lockdown allegations

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said of the controversy involving his chief adviser Dominic Cummings: “Yes of course I do regret the confusion and the anger and the pain that people feel.”

He has again given his support to Mr Cummings after he made a statement in the Rose Garden of Downing Street following a 260-mile trip to County Durham.

The PM added: “This is a country that has been going through the most tremendous difficulties and suffering in the course of the last 10 weeks and that’s why I really did want people to understand exactly what had happened.”

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The Prime Minister said he had been told about Dominic Cummings’ decision to drive to Durham to isolate while he was himself ill and “had a lot on my plate”.

“I didn’t know about any of the arrangements in advance,” Boris Johnson told the Downing Street press conference.

“What I think did happen was while I was ill and about to get a lot sicker we had a brief conversation in which I think Dominic Cuimmings mentioned where he was.

“But I have to tell you, at that particular stage I had a lot on my plate and really didn’t focus on the matter until these stories started to emerge in the last few days.”

Published: 25/05/2020 by Radio NewsHub