Boris Johnson backs advisor accused of breaching containment

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Pressure intensified in the UK on Sunday, including from the Conservative majority, to demand the departure of Dominic Cummings.

Boris Johnson ends the controversy. The British Prime Minister supported his close adviser Dominic Cummings on Sunday, accused of violating the rules of containment imposed to fight against the new coronavirus, assuring that he had acted within the framework of the law.

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“I think that in all respects he acted responsibly, lawfully, and honestly,” said Boris Johnson during a press conference, as calls for dismissal from his counselor increase, including within his conservative camp.

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Pressure intensified in the UK on Sunday, including from the Conservative majority, to demand the departure of Dominic Cummings. Brain of the campaign in 2016 for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, the adviser to the British Prime Minister is a controversial figure, portrayed by his detractors as a kind of bad genius of the conservative leader.

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After defending the choice of this powerful and controversial adviser to go to his parents’ home in Durham (400 km north-east of London) at the end of March, when he feared being hit by Covid-19, Downing Street had to face new charges. According to Guardian and the Daily MirrorDominic Cummings, 48, was also seen in Durham on April 19, five days after returning to London to return to work after his recovery.

Questioned by journalists outside his London home on Sunday, the special adviser denied having visited Durham again in April. While in Downing Street on Sunday afternoon, two uniformed police officers showed up at his home and found the door closed, before leaving.

Opposition calls for investigation

“We will not waste our time responding to a flood of false allegations about Mr. Cummings from militant newspapers,” the Prime Minister’s office said on Saturday evening. According to the two dailies, Dominic Cummings was also seen on April 12, Easter Sunday, at Barnard Castle, some 50 km from Durham.

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The Labor opposition has asked for an investigation. The unity displayed by the Conservatives began to crack in broad daylight Sunday morning, when Steve Baker, an influential member of the majority party, estimated that Dominic Cummings should leave. “It’s certainly not essential,” said Steve Baker on the news channel. Sky News, “I think it’s the end of the road”.

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