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Dominic Cummings’ parents defend him amid calls he should resign

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24: Chief Advisor to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings arrives home on May 24, 2020 in London, England. On March 31st 2020 Downing Street confirmed to journalists that Dominic Cummings was self-isolating with COVID-19 symptoms at his home in North London. Durham police have confirmed that he was actually hundreds of miles away at his parent's house in the city. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)

Dominic Cummings’ parents have defended him (Picture: Getty)

The prime minister’s chief adviser has been defended by his parents who have hit out at the media for the way they’ve treated him.

Dominic Cummings was heavily criticised after it emerged he had travelled 260 miles from London to Durham to stay with his mum and dad during the lockdown.

Boris Johnson backed his top aide during the Downing Street coronavirus briefing on Sunday and Cummings’ parents have now also spoken out in his defence.

His mum Morag Cummings told the New Statesman her brother Lord Justice Laws, who Dominic was close to, had died on Palm Sunday (April 5) with Covid-19 and the family was grieving. 

She added reporters had not been ‘cognisant of that fact.’

Number 10 Downing Street special advisor Dominic Cummings leaves his home in London on May 24, 2020 following allegations he broke coronavirus lockdown rules by travelling across the country in March. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was under increased pressure on Sunday to sack top aide Dominic Cummings who was facing allegations that he had breached coronavirus lockdown rules for a second time. The British government has so far rejected calls to sack Cummings over allegations he broke coronavirus lockdown rules by travelling across the country with his wife while she was suffering from symptoms of the disease, but even MPs from his own party were calling for him to leave on Sunday. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Dominic Cummings leaves his home (Picture: Getty)

Mrs Cummings declined to tell the website if the death was the reason her son was at the family home in Durham on April 5.

She said: ‘I’m so disgusted with the way journalists [have acted], that I’m not going to make any more comments to anybody about anything because all it does is make things worse.’

Dominic’s dad Robert Cummings added:  ‘You guys [the press], flourish on trying to make people fail. 

‘That’s what you want. You let them do good things and then you try to undermine them. Your economic model depends on failure.’

Media outlets were seen outside the chief adviser’s home on Sunday morning trying to get answers.

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Mr and Mrs Cummings did not comment on accusations their son had made two trips to Durham in April.

Cummings denied the allegations of a second trip, which was reported by the Observer and the Sunday Mirror.

His parents also failed to confirm if he had visited them because he wanted his four-year-old son to be looked after by his sister and niece because he feared both him and his wife would become infected with coronavirus.

Cummings travelled to County Durham in March to self-isolate with his family while official guidelines warned against long-distance journeys.

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