Tory co-leader of East Dunbartonshire Council: “Dominic Cummings should resign”

The co-leader of East Dunbartonshire Council, Conservative councillor Andrew Polson says Boris Johnson’s chief adviser must resign.

Over the weekend, it emerged that Dominic Cummings allegedly broke multiple lockdown rules to drive 260 miles from his home in London to another home in Durham.

Councillor Polson (Conservative Bearsden South) told the Herald: “As a father of a 15-year-old boy with a chronic illness, whom I have not been able to see for the last 10 weeks, and of a newborn baby who hasn’t seen her grandparents in that time, I find Dominic Cummings actions ill-judged at best.

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“I share people’s frustration and understand their anger. Many of us have made huge sacrifices during lockdown to stay at home and like my colleague Douglas Ross MP, I cannot in all honesty say to my constituents and indeed family, we’ve all followed the guidelines in order to save lives, but senior advisors to government don’t have to.

“I said the same of Catherine Calderwood - he should resign”.

West of Scotland Conservative MSP Maurice Golden agreed and added: “Dominic Cummings should consider his position as he has clearly become a distraction in tackling the ongoing fight against Coronavirus, especially for the Prime Minister.

“Downing Street and the Prime Minister are aware of the views of Scottish Conservatives on the matter of the issues surrounding the most senior adviser.”

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Douglas Ross, a minister in the Scotland Office, resigned from the UK Government this morning over Mr Cummings’ alleged breach of coronavirus lockdown rules.

The Moray MP’s resignation brings a further headache for Prime Minister Boris Johnson who is under mounting pressure from his own MPs to sack his closest adviser.

Mr Ross said the “vast majority” of people do not share Dominic Cummings’ interpretation of lockdown.

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