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Dominic Cummings holds press conference to address trip to Durham

In a statement today, Dominic Cummings said that he does not regret his decision to travel to Durham and will be staying on in his position as a Government adviser to to Prime Minister.

In a conference in the Downing Street rose garden this afternoon attended by members of the press, Cummings said that he "behaved reasonably and legally", after it was made public that he had driven from his home in North London to County Durham to ensure his child could be taken care of, after his wife had come down with coronavirus symptoms.

He said: “I don’t regret what I did. I think reasonable people may well disagree about how I thought about what to do in the circumstances, but I think what I did was actually reasonable in these circumstances.

Dominic Cummings as he leaves his home in North London (35254192)
Dominic Cummings as he leaves his home in North London (35254192)

“The rules made clear that if you are dealing with small children that can be exceptional circumstances.

“And I think that the situation that I was in was exceptional circumstances and the way that I dealt with it was the least risk to everybody concerned if my wife and I had both been unable to look after our four-year-old.”

“I believe in all the circumstances I behaved reasonably and legally."

The government's chief adviser had come under increasing pressure to resign after it was revealed that he had made the 264 mile journey from London to Durham on March 27.

He claimed that he made the journey to seek childcare for his four-year old son, concerned that if he too was to come down with symptoms, neither he nor his wife could take care of their child.

After coming down with symptoms of the virus himself, Mr Cummings claimed that he had stayed in isolation with his wife.

He said that after he had recovered, he visited Barnard Castle, a small market town in the county, to ensure that he was well enough to make the return trip to London.

Yesterday in a press conference, Boris Johnson defended his key advisor, saying "In every respect, he has acted responsibly, legally and with integrity."

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