Tony Bellew backs Dominic Cummings after he broke lockdown to visit his parents

Dominic Cummings has incurred the wrath of the British public after he broke lockdown but former light heavyweight champion Tony Bellew has no issue with his decision


Former boxer Tony Bellew has backed Dominic Cummings after he broke the coronavirus lockdown to visit his parents more than 200 miles away.

It comes after the Daily Mirror revealed Cummings drove himself and his family 250 miles north to County Durham from his London home.

The Prime Minister defended Cummings' actions saying he broke lockdown to seek appropriate childcare after his wife began showing coronavirus symptoms. He also went on to show symptoms a few days later.

But Boris Johnson's top aide has come under intense pressure to step down from the public and other MPs after flouting the rules.

Few have been quick to defend his actions after he travelled hundreds while infected with Covid-19 at the height of the pandemic.

However, Bellew said he doesn't have an issue with his actions and tweeted: "I don’t give a sh*t about one man driving the length of the country to get his kids minded! Now if he threw a party with 50 strangers I’d say he’s bang out of line.

"Let’s be honest the media are making out like he’s a proper killer or something! Report something that’ll HELP US!"

Boris Johnson has come under pressure to act appropriately after one his closest aides showed a lack of respect for the rules he helped enforce.

But at Sunday's briefing the Prime Minister said he was aware of Cummings' trip north and that he "followed the instincts of every father and every parent - and I do not mark him down for that.
Dominic Cummings has ignored lockdown rules(Image: ANDY RAIN/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

"Looking at the very severe childcare difficulties that presented themselves to Dominic Cummings and his family, I think that what they did was totally understandable - there's actually guidance... about what you need to do about the pressures that families face when they have childcare needs.

"He found those needs where they could best be served, best be delivered and yes, that did involve travel."

Labour leader Keir Starmer said Mr ­Johnson’s claims that Mr Cummings had “no ­alternative” but to travel so far for childcare was “not a reasonable interpretation of the rules and the Prime Minister knows it”.

He added: “If I were Prime Minister I would have sacked Cummings, and there must now be an investigation into what has happened. It is an insult to sacrifices made by the British people that Boris Johnson has chosen to take no action against Cummings.

“The public will be forgiven for thinking there is one rule for the PM’s closest adviser and another for the British people. This was a test of the Prime Minister and he has failed it.”