Prue Leith defends Dominic Cummings over lockdown row: ‘How about a bit of kindness and tolerance?’

Other celebrities have backed calls for Boris Johnson’s special adviser to be sacked after he drove 250 miles to his parents’ home in Durham

Roisin O'Connor
Sunday 24 May 2020 14:17
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Prue Leith has urged her followers to express “kindness and tolerance” towards Dominic Cummings after he made a 250-mile trip from London to Durham during lockdown.

Reports of the decision by Boris Johnson’s special adviser sparked calls for him to step down or be sacked.

However, the Great British Bake Off judge appeared to sympathise with Cummings when she quote-tweeted a post by her son Danny Kruger, Conservative MP for Devizes in Wiltshire, which read: “Dom and Mary’s journey was necessary and therefore within rules.

“What’s also necessary is not attacking a man and his family for decisions taken at a time of great stress and worry, the fear of death and concern for a child,” the post continued.

“This isn’t a story for the normal political sh**kickery.”

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Leith added her own comment: “Well said, Danny. How about a bit of kindness and tolerance?”

Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, appeared on the Sophy Ridge on Sunday Show on 24 May as he attempted to dodge questions about Cummings.

“You’ll probably remember, the prime minister during exactly the same period was pretty ill and, in fact, eventually in hospital in ICU, so I don’t think this would have been high on the prime minister’s agenda,” he said.

He categorically denied that Cummings went back to Durham after returning to London in mid-April, but failed to rule out reports that he made a sightseeing trip 30 miles from his family home on Easter Sunday.

Celebrities including JK Rowling and Charlie Brooker are among those to back the calls, with the Harry Potter author branding Cummings a hypocrite.

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