Boris Johnson has defended his top assistant Dominic Cummings over claims that he broke the lockdown to isolate his family himself – 260 miles away amid the pandemic.
The prime minister took part in the daily briefing on Sunday (May 24) when he faced increasing pressure from MPs, the public and the media to fire his chief adviser over the allegations.
Speaking to the nation at the 5:00 p.m. press conference, Mr. Johnson said his advisor had acted “responsible, legal, and integrity” when he traveled to County Durham to isolate, while official guidelines warned of long-distance travel.
However, Mr. Johnson publicly supported Mr. Cummings, stating that when choosing a 14-day stay, certain childcare needs had to be taken into account.
The Prime Minister told a press conference in Downing Street: “I had extensive personal conversations with Dominic Cummings and I concluded that I was traveling to find the right kind of childcare when he and his wife were about to by being turned off the coronavirus – and if he had no alternative – I think he followed the instinct of every father and every parent.
“And I don’t write him down for that.”
Boris Johnson told the Downing Street news conference that “some” of the allegations of Dominic Cummings’s behavior during self-isolation were “noticeably incorrect.”
He added: “While there have been many other allegations about what happened when he was in isolation and then, some clearly palpable, I believe he acted responsibly and legally and with integrity and with the overwhelming purpose in every way to stop the spread of the virus and save lives. “