Boris Johnson rejects calls for inquiry into Dominic Cummings


Boris Johnson has rejected calls for an inquiry into Dominic Cummings despite mounting Tory anger and plummeting poll ratings.

The Prime Minister rejected a call for Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill to investigate Mr Cummings' actions at the height of the coronavirus lockdown.

Mr Cummings drove from London to Durham to isolate with his family during the lockdown and says he subsequently took a trip to Barnard Castle to see if he was fit enough to drive before returning to the capital.

Mr Johnson, who was questioned by the Commons Liaison Committee on Wednesday, said: "Quite frankly I'm not certain - right now - that an inquiry into that matter is a very good use of official time.

"We are working flat out on coronavirus."
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Asked whether the Government's "moral authority" had been undermined by Mr Cummings' actions and his own defence of them, Mr Johnson said: "I, of course, am deeply sorry for all the hurt and pain and anxiety that people have been going through throughout this period - this country has been going through a frankly most difficult time.

"We are asking people to do quite exceptionally tough things, separating them from their families."

Mr Johnson said he would not be adding to his previous comments on Mr Cummings and said the public wanted politicians to focus on "uniting our message" and "focusing on their needs".