Dean Russell MP for Watford challenged Prime Minister (PM) Boris Johnson’s former chief advisor Dominic Cummings in a commons hearing on the coronavirus pandemic today. (Wednesday, May 26)
The Watford Conservative MP was among those to question Dominic Cummings in the explosive hearing, where the former chief advisor faced questions about his time working in Number 10 and the decisions around the pandemic
Dean Russell MP asked Cummings why he failed to apologise for his infamous trip to Durham in March 2020.
He said: “Why has it taken to this committee to hear you actually apologise, in hindsight, given the fact that an apology at that time would have lifted a lot of pressure.
“Whilst everyone else in the country was following the guidance, not getting to go to funerals, not going to see their families, not hugging their family and friends, worried about their lives and the presumption, especially in the press, was that you’d sort of done it and didn’t really have an apology to give.
Cummings responded: “I did understand at the time people were very upset… All I can say is, after the complete debacle around the whole thing, it just didn’t seem like coming out and trying to explain it all whilst I was still in government was the right thing to do.
Dean Russell MP replied: “Did everyone in government and number 10 appreciate the real sheer emotion of the country at the time. In my constituency email inbox, we had a thousand emails from people really angry about this. Was there a realisation of that disconnect?
Cummings added: “As soon as the whole thing happened we knew it was a complete disaster.”