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MPs divided over Cummings future at Number 10

Rob George 29th May, 2020

UNDER-FIRE Downing Street chief adviser Dominic Cummings must go, that’s the view of Pershore’s MP Harriett Baldwin.

Mrs Baldwin joined Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid and Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier who have all called on Mr Cummings to go following nearly a week of headlines.

However Evesham’s MP Nigel Huddleston, who serves as Sports Minister in Boris Johnson’s Government, joined Worcester MP Robin Walker and accepted Mr Cummings version of events.

While Mrs Baldwin said she had every human sympathy with Dominic Cummings there were ‘higher bars’ of behaviour expected from members of the Government.

“If the Government wants people to follow the public health advice in order to protect our NHS and save lives, then members of the Government giving that advice, including the Prime Minister’s adviser, need to follow it too,” she said.

“The Government relies on moral authority to receive the consent of the people to impose such draconian reductions in their freedoms. Therefore, for the sake of future adherence to public health guidelines, I believe he should resign.

Mr Huddleston highlighted advice from Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Jenny Harries on March 24 who said parents who are ill and may not be able to look after a child created ‘exceptional circumstances’ where family members could be called upon to help.

“Clearly Mr Cummings believes his circumstances were exceptional and does not believe he broke the Government’s guidelines,” he said.

“While I and others may accept this interpretation, I recognise others may not. Some constituents have said while they appreciate there is an element of personal judgement involved, they expect a higher bar for members of the government.

“Many individuals and families have made huge personal sacrifices during the lockdown and I can understand the anger and frustration of people who believe others may not have also made such sacrifices.

“We must continue to fight the virus, prepare for the easing of measures at a safe pace, and restart the economy to provide families with economic security, that is what I shall be working on.”

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