Gavin Williamson this morning issued a fiery defence of the Prime Ministers top aide after he was accused of breaking the lockdown three times to see his family 260 miles from his London home
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Despite a growing backlash from Tory MPs, today Mr Williamson insisted the controversial Vote Leave organiser had done nothing wrong.
He told Sky News: “The guidance is incredibly extensive and at the heart of that guidance is always the issue of safeguarding children and making sure that children are always absolutely protected
“My understanding is from what the Prime Minister said yesterday is that at every stage Dominic Cummings followed and his family followed the guidance and at no stage did Dominic Cummings or his family break the law.”
The Health Secretary insisted Mr Cummings should not resign “because he has made it clear that he’s broken no rules and he’s broken no laws”.
It comes with Boris Johnson facing a full-blown Cabinet revolt for sticking by embattled top aide Dominic Cummings over his lockdown breach.
Last night PM said he had cleared his most senior adviser of any wrongdoing and branded his actions “sensible and defensible”.
Mr Cummings is accused of ignoring strict government advice by driving his virus-stricken wife, Mary Wakefield, from London to self-isolate at his family farm near Durham.
He spent five hours holed up in No 10 yesterday, fuelling speculation he was about to quit.
But Boris emerged to tell the nation he was standing by his man, who he said was only trying to protect his four-year-old son.
Hosting a tense evening No 10 briefing, Boris dismissed growing calls for an official inquiry.
Instead he insisted Dominc Cummings had acted “responsibly, legally and with integrity”, and “stuck to the rules”.
The PM added: “He followed the instinct of every father and every parent, and I do not mark him down for that.”