Statement: Dominic Cummings

Over the Bank Holiday weekend, I received many emails from right across Wythenshawe & Sale East regarding the Prime Minister’s senior advisor, Dominic Cummings. His decision to travel over 260 miles with family members during lockdown has caused deep concern.

Many of the constituents who contacted me had never written to their MP before. Most emails included stories of personal sacrifices made over the last 9 weeks, demonstrating the mood of utter dismay right across the country.

During Mr Cummings’ unprecedented statement outside Downing Street on Monday, he made no apology for his actions. Instead, what we got were weak excuses and no regrets. This is an insult to the British public who will now be thinking that there is one rule for the Prime Minister’s closest adviser and another for everyone else.

Mr Cummings’ position is untenable, the Prime Minister should be giving serious thought as to whether he should continue as a senior advisor in Number 10.

The Labour Party is calling on the Cabinet Secretary to launch an urgent inquiry into the actions of Dominic Cummings during the lockdown period. In the meantime, I will be working with colleagues to ensure that the Prime Minister understands the strong concerns so many of you have raised with me.