North Herefordshire MP comments on Dominic Cummings saga

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Friday, May 29th, 2020 8:26pm

By Carmelo Garcia - Local Democracy Reporter

North Herefordshire MP Bill Wiggin says he understands why some people feel aggrieved by Dominic Cummings’ decision to travel to Durham during the coronavirus lockdown.

However, the Conservative MP says it would be inappropriate to comment directly on Mr Cummings’ circumstances as he has no further information.

In a response to constituents who have written to him about the matter, Mr Wiggin said he wished to thank everyone who has observed the lockdown rules to help stop the spread of Covid-19,

“I appreciate how hard it has been for everyone at this difficult time,” he said.

“During the last two months I have been contacted by many constituents who have been struggling in many different ways.

“Some of that correspondence has been about whether someone can see family members who are ill or in fact seek help from family members when ill.

“In those cases, I have suggested that my constituents consult their GP and exercise their own judgement to whether their actions were in line with the coronavirus lockdown guidelines.

“I have had no dealing with Dominic Cummings and know nothing of his family circumstances.

“Therefore, if he has broken the law then it is a matter for the police and as I have no extra information, I believe it inappropriate to comment directly on his circumstances.

“During this unprecedented time we have seen large and often painful reductions in our usual freedoms. Those making the laws must of course show leadership and follow the law.

“The guidelines for staying safe during this virus have not changed.

“It is crucial that we keep on abiding by these guidelines as we start to emerge from the grips of this dreadful virus.

“I understand that some will feel aggrieved by Mr Cumming’s actions, but ultimately these guidelines are in place for your own and everyone else’s safety.

“The health and wellbeing of the people of North Herefordshire remains paramount and I would urge you not to endanger yourself and others especially on account of Mr Cummings.

“To those who have and are continuing to abide by the rules whilst making huge personal sacrifices in the process, I once again remain tremendously grateful.”

Mr Cummings drove 260 miles from London to Durham to isolate with his wife and child on March 27.

15 days later he took a 60-mile round trip from Durham to a nearby town on his wife’s birthday – a trip he says he made to test whether his eyesight was good enough to drive.

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