Responding to the Prime Minister backing his scandal-hit aide, Dominic Cummings, at today’s press conference, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

“Millions of people who’ve made huge sacrifices to keep to the rules will be astonished and angry at how the Prime Minister is now bending the rules for his closest aide.

“By failing to act, the Prime Minister undermines his own authority to lead the country through this appalling crisis, bringing his own judgement into question.

“The Government’s efforts to defeat coronavirus on testing, on PPE for frontline workers and on stopping the tragedy in our care homes are still inadequate. The Prime Minister’s failure to act on this scandal won’t help turn that around.

“Conservative MPs must stop defending the indefensible and support our calls for Dominic Cummings to go.”

Lib Dem councillor for Blean Forest, Alex Ricketts, added:

“I know families in Canterbury where both parents been ill and desperately needed childcare, but they stayed at home and struggled through – with support from our wonderful local community.

“The message coming from Downing Street today is that they needn’t have bothered.

“It’s important that local residents continue to maintain social distancing and follow the rules. If the country takes its lead from Dominic Cummings, all our hard work fighting coronavirus will be lost.

“We’ve come too far to let that happen.”

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