Davey: Either PM and Ministers lied or have no understanding of lockdown rules

Responding to reports that the Durham Police investigation has concluded that Dominic Cummings might have broken the Government's lockdown rules, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

"The Durham Police have now confirmed what the public already knew - Dominic Cummings should not have done what he did. The fact that Minister after Minister have tried to pretend otherwise has been an insult to each and every one of us following the rules to keep each other safe from the virus.

"Either the Prime Minister and his Ministers lied or they have no understanding of the rules they have written.

"This behaviour over the past few days has entirely eroded the public's trust in the Government. The Prime Minister has said he wants to move on so that all efforts can be focused on the UK's response to the pandemic, but the only way to do that would be for him to ask for Dominic Cumming's resignation.

"Over the past two months the British public have made huge sacrifices - losing their freedom, their livelihoods, and in many tragic instances - someone they loved.

"The longer Dominic Cumming stays in post, the more people will feel that there is one rule for him and one for everyone else, seriously threatening public health. Unless he resigns, the sacrifices everyone has made are at risk of being entirely undermined."

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