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Dominic Cummings should leave government role, say Kent MPs

Two Kent MPs are calling on Dominic Cummings to leave his role in government - as the Prime Minister's top special adviser faces more allegations that he broke lockdown rules.

Boris Johnson is under pressure to sack Mr Cummings after reports surfaced that the 48-year-old made two trips to County Durham, where his family lives, despite social restrictions.

Folkestone and Hythe MP Damian Collins
Folkestone and Hythe MP Damian Collins

Folkestone and Hythe MP Damian Collins is among a growing band of Tories calling for the special adviser to quit - or be sacked.

"Dominic Cummings has a track record of believing that the rules don’t apply to him and treating the scrutiny that should come to anyone in a position of authority with contempt," Mr Collins tweeted.

"The government would be better without him."

Fellow Kent MP Sir Roger Gale, who represents North Thanet, also tweeted: "While as a father and as a grandfather I fully appreciate Mr Cummings’ desire to protect his child, there cannot be one law for the Prime Minister’s staff and another for everyone else.

"He has sent out completely the wrong message and his position is no longer tenable."

North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale
North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale

Not all Kent MPs appear to share their view.

Yesterday, Gillingham MP Rehman Chisti retweeted a tweet from Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab defending the adviser.

But pressure is growing on Mr Cummings, with leading Brexiteer Steve Baker MP also saying the former Vote Leave campaign co-ordinator "must go".

On Saturday, Boris Johnson pledged his “full support” to his under-fire chief adviser, who it emerged had travelled 260 miles to the North East in March to self-isolate with his family while official guidelines warned against long-distance journeys.

According to the Sunday Times, the Conservative Party leader told allies he would not throw Mr Cummings “to the dogs” following reports he made the journey to ensure his four-year-old child could be looked after as he and his wife were ill.

But according to reports in the Observer and Sunday Mirror, Mr Cummings made a second trip to Durham and was seen there on April 19 – five days after being photographed on his return to Westminster.

A second eyewitness told the two papers they saw him a week earlier in Barnard Castle on Easter Sunday, a popular tourist location 30 miles away from Durham, during the period he was believed to be self-isolating.

Downing Street has said it would “not waste time” replying to the fresh allegations from “campaigning newspapers”.

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