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All but two of Norfolk’s MPs go quiet on the Dominic Cummings saga

PUBLISHED: 15:40 25 May 2020 | UPDATED: 15:41 25 May 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's senior aide Dominic Cummings leaves his north London home, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused of risking the Government's efforts to combat Covid-19 in order to defend his senior aide following allegations he breached lockdown restrictions. Photo: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's senior aide Dominic Cummings leaves his north London home, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused of risking the Government's efforts to combat Covid-19 in order to defend his senior aide following allegations he breached lockdown restrictions. Photo: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

The majority of Norfolk’s MPs have gone quiet over Dominic Cummings’ lockdown travel, with just two out of nine responding to our requests for comment.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended Dominic Cummings during a media briefing in Downing Street. Picture: Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street/Crown Copyright/PA WirePrime Minister Boris Johnson defended Dominic Cummings during a media briefing in Downing Street. Picture: Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street/Crown Copyright/PA Wire

George Freeman, Conservative MP for Mid-Norfolk, and Clive Lewis, Labour MP for Norwich South, are so far the only two we have spoken with directly.

Cabinet member and MP for South-West Norfolk, Liz Truss, has not acknowledged our attempts to make contact.

The same is true of Broadland MP Jerome Mayhew, North Norfolk MP Duncan Baker, North West MP James Wild, South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon and Norwich North MP Chloe Smith.

Meanwhile the aide of Brandon Lewis, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Great Yarmouth MP, pointed us to a tweet which would serve as comment. It read: “Father looks after child, within guidelines...&...?”

George Freeman Mid Norfolk MP. Picture: Victoria PertusaGeorge Freeman Mid Norfolk MP. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

The news comes as Peter Aldous, MP for Waveney, admitted receiving hundreds of emails following prime minister Boris Johnson’s speech yesterday evening - leading to a change of heart “guided by his constituents”.

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He said: “Originally I was sympathetic to Mr Cummings.

“But following new information which came to light, I now agree with my constituents that Mr Cummings should go.”

Norwich. South MP Clive Lewis.
 Picture: Nick ButcherNorwich. South MP Clive Lewis. Picture: Nick Butcher

Mr Cummings will give a public statement at 4pm today addressing the issue.

Mr Freeman said: “If a husband and wife both have Covid-19, is taking their child to the grandparents a sacking offence? No.

“But the mixed messaging, communications muddle and now this #curfewgate is very damaging to the prime minister, cabinet, Her Majesty’s Government authority and public trust.

“Time for an apology and return to work to fix this mess.

“It’d be a big mistake for the prime minister and Dominic Cummings to dismiss the anger as ‘Remoaniac Twitterati bleating’.
It isn’t.

“People don’t want blame games and media lynch mobs - they want a strong, clear government they can trust to deliver.”

Mr Lewis said: “I didn’t see my family for nearly six weeks for a variety of reasons. I can now as things have relaxed but that was very difficult.

“I’m struggling to see why someone at the heart of government in [a country] with one of the worst death rates in the world has chosen to flout the lockdown.

“The writing is on the wall for him.”


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