One of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ’ s top advisers , Dominic Cummings , drew police attention after allegedly breaking the coronavirus lockdown , reports said Friday.
Cummings left his London home to stay with his parents in Durham , northeast England , while suffering symptoms of COVID – 19, the Daily Mirror and The Guardian newspapers said .
The main opposition Labour party demanded an explanation , saying the reports suggested Cummings viewed himself as above the law , while the smaller Liberal Democrats said it could be a resigning issue.
Police in Durham confirmed they received a tip – off on March 31 about someone who had travelled to the city from London.
“ Officers made contact with the owners of that address who confirmed that the individual in question was present and was self- isolating in part of the house , ” the force said in a statement .
“ In line with national policing guidance, officers explained to the family the guidelines around self – isolation and reiterated the appropriate advice around essential travel . ”
Cummings was later spotted near his parents’ home with a small child , believed to be his son , the report said .
At the time , Johnson ’ s government was advising people to only go out for essential purposes to slow the spread of coronavirus , and for anyone with symptoms to stay at home .
Cummings was a key member of the 2016 Brexit campaign alongside Johnson , and the latter brought him into Downing Street when he took office last year .
Downing Street revealed at the end of March that Cummings was self – isolating with virus symptoms .
Johnson was also infected , and ended up in intensive care .
A Labour spokesman said , “ If accurate , the prime minister ’ s chief adviser appears to have breached the lockdown rules. ”
He added , “ The British people do not expect there to be one rule for them and another rule for Dominic Cummings . Number 10 needs to provide a very swift explanation for his actions . ”
Ed Davey, acting leader of the Liberal Democrats , said that if Cummings had broken the rules, “ he will have to resign” .
Earlier this month , leading epidemiologist Neil Ferguson quit a government panel on coronavirus after admitting breaking the lockdown rules by meeting his lover.
Scotland ’ s chief medical officer , Catherine Calderwood , resigned in April after breaking her own rules to visit her second home twice .
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