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UK Minister Quits Over Dominic Cummings Lockdown Trip



British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government was hit by its first resignation on Tuesday over the controversy circling top aide Dominic Cummings' cross-country trip during the coronavirus lockdown.


Undermining attempts by ministers to try and move on from the crisis which has dominated British politics for days, Douglas Ross, a minister for Scotland, quit in protest.


In a twitter statement announcing his departure, Ross said: "I have constituents who didn't get to say goodbye to loved ones; families who could not mourn together; people who didn't visit sick relatives because they followed the guidance of the government".


"I cannot in good faith tell them they were all wrong and one senior advisor to the government was right."


Adding that Cummings' interpretation of government rules was "not shared by the vast majority of people".


The resignation will pile more pressure on Cummings, who held a press conference Monday to justify driving his wife and young son on a 264-mile (425-kilometre) trip from London to Durham in the northeast of England during the height of the coronavirus crisis.


Responding to the resignation, Downing Street said it "regrets" the decision by Ross.


The resignation came after a cabinet heavyweight defended Cummings and said the controversial aide did not break the law.



Source-AFP

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