The Romford MP Andrew Rosindell has shared his views on the political situation regarding the Government’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings.
Many local people from across Havering have contacted me over the weekend regarding news stories about the Prime Minister’s advisor, Dominic Cummings.
I will ensure that all comments I have received, will be forwarded directly to Boris Johnson so that he is aware of how strongly some people feel about this matter.
I completely agree that it is essential all Government ministers and advisers follow lockdown guidelines, just like the rest of us have to do.
The Government has not imposed these restrictions lightly and I know that everyone across the country has been required to sacrifice some fundamental freedoms in order to defeat this virus. Mr Cummings, like everyone else must obey the rules which have been laid out for the common good, in line with scientific advice, otherwise, it undermines the whole policy.
However, having listened to his entire personal statement and explanation yesterday, my understanding is that the decision by Mr Cummings to travel to his parent’s home was to ensure his young child could be properly cared for by members of his family as both he and his wife were sick, was within government guidelines as set out before he travelled. These specifically allowed people to leave their homes in order “to provide care or help a vulnerable person”.
I also believe that Jennie Harries, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, made clear on the 24th of March before Mr Cummings made this trip that: “A small child clearly is a vulnerable individual, so in this case, although we are encouraging everybody to stay in their households – that’s the unit with the same exposure – clearly if you have adults who are unable to look after a small child, that is an exceptional circumstance.”
If these were the guidelines Mr Cummings was following when he made his trip, then it would appear that he did not break the lockdown rules.
If there is any evidence to the contrary, then the Prime Minister must, of course, take the appropriate action.
My view is simple, if Mr Cummings has broken the law, he should resign, but if he has not done so, now that he is back to good health again, I think we should let him get on with the job of working with Boris Johnson to get our country through this crisis and then our economy back on track.
There is a huge job ahead of us now to re-build the strong and vibrant economy we had before this crisis and to forge ahead in the world, now that the U.K. has left the E.U. at long last. We must not be distracted by minor issues and focus on the long term interests of our nation.
There are four years to go until the next General Election and there is much work to be done between now and then, once this pandemic has been beaten. So that must be our government’s priority for the sake of all the people of this wonderful nation, to which we all belong.
Andrew Rosindell M.P.