UK coronavirus live: Tory revolt continues to build over Dominic Cummings' lockdown trip

Tory MPs still calling for Cummings to go amid fears furore around PM’s aide will distract from government’s public health message

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Meanwhile, the housing, communities and local government secretary, Robert Jenrick, has said it is time to “move on” from the Cummings’ scandal.

Asked if he believes Boris Johnson’s chief adviser should resign, Jenrick told the BBC’s Breakfast programme:

No, he shouldn’t. He has given his explanation to the prime minister, who listened and concluded that he’d acted reasonably and legally.

The prime minister then asked him to give that statement on Monday to the public and to answer questions from journalists.He answered them for over an hour and now, I think, is the time for us all to move on.

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The shadow foreign and commonwealth affairs secretary, Lisa Nandy, has said Boris Johnson must take responsibility over the scandal surrounding his adviser Dominic Cummings.

Speaking on the BBC’s Breakfast programme, the Labour MP said:

The prime minister has got to take responsibility for this now. He’s got to decide whether he can actually account for why that situation was so unique that the rules had to be broken and if he can’t, then I think it’s right that he should take action to restore public confidence.

At the moment, we’ve got a situation where both the prime minister and his own adviser are just refusing to resign or to sack him, and also refusing to answer basic questions.

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