UK minister quits as public anger grows over Dominic Cummings lockdown breach
London, May 26, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A UK minister, Douglas Ross has resigned as public anger deepens over PM Boris Johnson’s top aide Dominic Cummings’ breaching of the coronavirus lockdown.
I haven't commented publicly on the situation with Dominic Cummings as I have waited to hear the full details. I welcome the statement to clarify matters, but there remains aspects of the explanation which I have trouble with. As a result I have resigned as a government Minister. pic.twitter.com/6yXLyMzItJ— Douglas Ross MP (@Douglas4Moray) May 26, 2020
It is the first resignation over the allegations engulfing the government as ministers try to divert attention away from the saga.
Mr Ross, the MP for Moray, was considered a rising star within the Conservative Party and was a government whip until February
“I haven’t commented publicly on the situation with Dominic Cummings as I have waited to hear the full details.
“I welcome the statement to clarify matters, but there remains aspects of the explanation which I have trouble with.
“As a result I have resigned as a government Minister”, Ross tweeted along with his resignation letter.
‘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”, Ross said in the letter.
‘I cannot in good faith tell them they were all wrong and one senior adviser to the government was right.’
”Mr Cummings interpretation of the government advice was not shared by the vast majority of people who have done as the government asked”.
His resignation comes at the worst possible time for Mr Johnson and Mr Cummings as the Government was trying to move on from the damaging row over handling of coronavirus outbreak and shortages of PPE
Cummings had stoked anger over his trip when he refused to apologise and resign, saying he had done nothing wrong.