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25 May 2020

Statement from Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson's senior adviser, about whether he broke lockdown rules


Dominic Cummings gives a statement to the press from Downing Street, followed by questions. He describes his movements and a timeline of events between 26 March and 14 April 2020. He refutes some media reports (eg of a second trip to Durham). He says he believes 'that in all circumstances I behaved reasonably and legally, balancing the safety of my family and the extreme situation in No 10 and the public interest in effective government to which I could contribute'. Cummings understands other people's views, but 'respectfully disagree[s]', and outlines why (eg the legal rules inevitably do not cover all circumstances and allowed him to exercise his judgement about the situation). He told Boris Johnson at some point when they were both sick but neither of them can remember the conversation in any detail. He closes by saying, 'I know the British people hate the idea of unfairness. I wanted to explain what I thought, what I did and why, over this period, because I think that people like me who helped to make the rules should be accountable for their actions.'


The Independent – transcript of statement