Statement on Dominic Cummings

Before I made any comment, I believe it was important that I knew all of the facts on the matter and heard both sides of the story. Mr Cummings has now given a full account and explanation of the actions he has taken in his press conference on Monday.

I certainly would not have taken the actions Mr Cummings did. There is an argument that can be made for Mr Cummings’ trip, and I know that many will understand his actions as a father. Of course, it is entirely reasonable for people to vehemently disagree with his view of events. I do not believe it is the conclusion many of my constituents, or myself, would have reached. Many would simply not have taken this course of action.

I completely understand the anger with which you write, especially as the British public have given up so much to help fight this virus. Please be assured that the full feeling of my constituents is always passed on to relevant ministers, including the Prime Minister. 

As a Government Minister, I am in the privileged position of being able to ensure your views, the strength of your views, alongside my own views, are conveyed directly to the Prime Minister. I take my role in representing the constituency very seriously and in my experience, firm but private representations are more effective than public denunciations.