UK Police Say Boris Aide Made 'Minor Breach' of Lockdown
May 31 2020
Durham Police said they had "concluded that there might have been a minor breach of the regulations that would have warranted police intervention".
Cummings, who is Johnson's close aide, had said that he should have explained the circumstances behind his journey during the lockdown earlier but that his decision to take the trip had not been a mistake.
But the prime minister told journalists: "I know you've asked Chris [Whitty] and Patrick but I'm going to interpose myself if I may and protect them from what I think would be an unfair and unnecessary attempt to ask a political question".
The Prime Minister was unable to give a timeframe on when lockdown measures for vulnerable people would be lifted.
But in the message, seen by the PA news agency, Mrs May said she was concerned that the focus on Mr Cummings was "detracting from the most important task" of dealing with coronavirus.
Whitty and Vallance were due to appear at Monday's press conference but were replaced at the last minute by Prof Pauline Doyle, an expert from Public Health England.
The force said in a statement that Mr Cummings had not committed an offence by locating himself at his father's Durham residence to self-isolate with his wife and child.
The Prime Minister has confirmed that all five tests required for the next phase of lockdown easing in England to begin have been met, adding: "The result is we can moved forward with adjusting the lockdown on Monday". "This has become a question of Boris Johnson's judgment and integrity".
"We have been looking at how we can make life easier for our most vulnerable, so today I am happy to confirm that those who are shielding will be able to spend time outside with someone else, observing social distance guidelines", he said. "I don't think he's going to do anything because he can not, it seems, continue without his adviser". Annemarie Plas, 36, founded the ritual but says that "to have the most impact I think it is good to stop it at its peak". "Lots of people are beating themselves up because they're not doing something for somebody they love, and that's why, when they saw Cummings apparently saying, "That's your rule, but I don't necessarily have to follow it, ' it really struck not a party political chord but something deep in everybody".
Durham police said that had Cummings been stopped by an officer while driving to or from Barnard Castle, the officer "would have spoken to him, and, having established the facts, likely advised Mr Cummings to return to the address in Durham, providing advice on the dangers of travelling during the pandemic crisis".