What has your MP said about the Dominic Cummings controversy?
PUBLISHED: 09:40 27 May 2020 | UPDATED: 10:46 27 May 2020
The controversy over the journey to Durham taken by prime minister Boris Johnson’s chief advisor Dominic Cummings continues to heap pressure on the government.
By Tuesday, 30 Conservative MPs had called for Mr Cummings’ removal.
In a press conference on Monday, Mr Cummings defended a 260-mile trip from London to Durham he made with his family during lockdown, saying he believed he behaved “reasonably”.
But what has your MP said about the matter?
Duncan Baker, Conservative MP for North Norfolk
Mr Baker said Mr Cummings should be reprimanded.
He said: “It is my view that he broke the spirit - if not the letter - of the guidance designed to limit the spread of coronavirus.
“He should now have the courage to admit his judgement was questionable and should be reprimanded.
“He has undermined the whole essence of the government’s key Stay At Home messaging.”
Jerome Mayhew, Conservative MP for Broadland
Mr Mayhew said Mr Cummings should not lose his job.
He said: “If we apply the same rules to him as to the rest of us, I don’t think so. But a recognition that he made a mistake would go a long way.”
He added: “People like him are the grit in the oyster that will help make government better. Whilst no-one is indispensable, we definitely need people like Mr Cummings within the decision-making process of government.”
Chloe Smith, Conservative MP for Norwich North
Miss Smith said: “The rules applied to everyone equally, and still do. That principle is extremely important to me, and to my constituents.
“I totally understand people’s concerns, and the prime minister will too, so I respect the PM’s decision after he has scrutinised his employee’s actions.”
Brandon Lewis, Conservative MP for Great Yarmouth
After Mr Cummings’s Monday night conference, Mr Lewis said: “As he set out in detail, he followed the guidelines to ensure minimum risk to others & suitable care could be provided to his young child as required.”
James Wild, Conservative MP for North West Norfolk
Mr Wild tweeted, following the conference: “My view is that this was a frank statement about the decisions he took to protect his young son and his actions were understandable and reasonable.
He said a number of reports which people had “expressed concern about” were “not accurate”, but that it would have been better if legitimate questions had been answered earlier.
George Freeman, Conservative MP for Mid Norfolk
On Monday, morning, Mr Freeman said Mr Cummings needed to give a “clear, coherent and acceptable account and an apology to the British people for not abiding by his own instructions” or else he should resign.
After the conference, he tweeted: “Hmm. Not great. Downing Street Covid briefing and PM’s important announcement on easing lockdown overwhelmed by continuing questions and controversy on #Domnishambles #curfewgate.”
Peter Aldous, Conservative MP for Waveney
Earlier on Monday, Waveney Conservative MP Peter Aldous had called for Mr Cummings to resign.
But, after the press conference, he said he would wait to see what his constituents thought of Mr Cummings’s explanation.
He said: “I now want to let the dust settle. I will still be motivated by what my constituents tell me and what their judgement is.”
Clive Lewis, Labour MP for Norwich North
Mr Lewis said: “I think he should be fired. It’s quite clear he isn’t going to resign. He has no intention of resigning - he should be fired.”
Elizabeth Truss, Conservative MP for South West Norfolk
While a number of cabinet ministers have tweeted their support, the international trade secretary has been silent. She has refused to comment.
Richard Bacon, Conservative MP for South Norfolk
Refused to comment.
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