Press Release from
Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP
House of Commons, LONDON, SW1A 0AA
2 June 2020
CONDUCT OF DOMINIC CUMMINGS
Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan, MP for Chesham & Amersham, has sent this message to constituents who have contacted her about the conduct of the Prime Minister’s special adviser.
“ Thank you for your recent email over the conduct of Dominic Cummings.
As we are receiving hundreds of emails per day, it has been impossible to provide as rapid a response as some constituents would like. Normally we aim to respond within 10 to 15 working days but in the light of the pandemic, I and my staff have been working flat out to try and respond on a timelier basis. I apologise for what some see as a delay, but I was also waiting on further information on the issue.
There has been palpable and understandable anger from people, contacting me, who believe that double standards have been applied. I recognise that much of the outrage has come from people who have never contacted their MP before and are bitterly disappointed with the behaviour of a senior member of staff serving the Government.
I am sorry that this has so adversely affected such a large number of people who are trying to do the right thing at this testing time.
Since the start of the pandemic the Government’s message has remained simple but blunt. This has meant an increasing number of people have suffered distressing and heart-breaking situations of a sort not seen in this country in recent times.
Dominic Cummings made decisions that he believed to be in the best interests of his family and the welfare of a child was at the heart of this. One interpretation is that Dominic Cummings behaved in accordance with the rules but took advantage of the detailed exemptions to reflect his family’s situation as he saw it.
I am not going to defend Dominic Cummings’ actions, however - for many of us - it appears that this was certainly not in keeping with the spirit of the Government’s message and that his actions should result in his dismissal or resignation.
The Durham Police have now issued a statement saying “Durham constabulary have examined the circumstances surrounding the journey to Barnard Castle (including ANPR, witness evidence and a review of Mr Cummings’ press conference on 25 May 2020) and have concluded that there might have been a minor breach of the regulations that would have warranted police intervention. Durham constabulary view this as minor because there was no apparent breach of social distancing.”
“Durham constabulary does not consider that by locating himself at his father’s premises, Mr Cummings committed an offence contrary to regulation 6 of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020."
I have received hundreds of messages from constituents, mostly from those who are angry that Mr Cummings has retained his job. I have passed my views as well as those of constituents to the Prime Minister as the decision for his continued employment remains with him.
Thank you for letting me know your views, your input is always welcomed.
Yours sincerely, Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan, MP for Chesham & Amersham. “