STAFFORDSHIRE Moorlands MP Karen Bradley is the latest Conservative voice calling for the resignation of the Prime Minster's chief adviser Dominic Cummings.
The former cabinet minister has urged Mr Cummings to 'consider his position,' after being accused of breaching lockdown restrictions in April, when he drove 260-miles from his London home to Durham, accompanied by his wife and four-year-old son, so they could self-isolate on his parents' land.
Mr Cummings has insisted his actions were lawful because of 'exceptional' family circumstances. He has said he and his wife were at risk of catching coronavirus and leaving no-one to care for their son.
Mrs Bradley said: "I would like to thank the many people who have written to me about Mr Cummings and his actions and I want to assure you that I have every sympathy with you and your views.
"Over the last few weeks, the British people have been asked to make the most enormous personal sacrifices. I have been so proud of the way that people in Staffordshire Moorlands have behaved and that the vast majority have followed the rules. We have all done everything asked of us because we were told that doing so would save lives.
"I wanted to give Mr Cummings a chance to make his case before passing judgement and not rush to comment until hearing his account of what happened. Having done so, I am afraid that I am not convinced by his explanation.
"I can well understand that any parent wants to protect their child, and have enormous sympathy with acting to do that. But so much of the account goes beyond that simple human instinct and suggests that there were breaches of the rules to avoid some of the hardships that many have endured
"I want you to know that I have shared your views at the highest level. Mr Cummings is, in my view causing significant damage to the work that the Government are doing to get us through the pandemic. I hope that he will recognise this and consider his position.
"I have read the stories of personal sacrifice you and many others have made. We expect those that lead us to lead by example, especially those with such a significant influence on Government. I can reach no other conclusion than that for the sake of this country, Mr Cummings should do the right thing now and stop damaging the work that needs to be done."
Durham Police have announced today (May 28) may have breached lockdown rules, when he drove to Barnard Castle before returning home, but they will be taking no further action. Pictured: Staffordshire Moorlands MP Karen Bradley.