Gedling borough MPs have reacted to Dominic Cummings’ address to the media following allegations he flouted UK lockdown rules.
Gedling MP Tom Randall thinks we should now move on following yesterday’s statement.
He said: “Having now heard Dominic Cummings’ account, I think he has given a detailed explanation of his actions, which I think were reasonable, and which I trust will draw a line under the matter.
Mr Randall said he had received a lot of correspondence on the issue from constituents over recent days.
He added: “I have received several hundred e-mails on this subject over the weekend and appreciate the depth of feeling on this matter. I will reply in detail to those e-mails this week.”
Conservative MP for Sherwood Mark Spencer thought it was now time to start concentrating again on fighting the pandemic.
He tweeted: “A full, frank, honest and open statement from Dominic Cummings.
“He acted as a father and husband, within the rules. He has had lots of mis information put out there about him. Time to move on and focus on solving this massive national challenge of Covid19
Yesterday, Mr Cummings spoke to the media after controversy surrounded his visit to Durham during the UK’s lockdown.
He said in a statement: “I know that millions of people in this country are angry, thousands have died, many are angry about what they have seen in the media about my actions. I want to clear up the confusions and misunderstandings that I can.”
On the public’s anger towards his decision to drive 260 miles to Durham, he added: “I can understand that some people will argue that I should have stayed at my home in London throughout.
“I understand these views. I know the intense hardship and sacrifice the entire country has had to go through.
“However, I respectfully disagree. The legal rules inevitably do not cover all circumstances, including those that I found myself in.”
Mr Cummings said he had not thought about resigning.