Boris Johnson's senior aide Dominic Cummings has blamed the media for public anger over his 260-mile trip with his wife and child during lockdown.
Answering questions from the media at a press conference in the 10 Downing Street garden, Mr Cummings said he "completely" understood that members of the public might be angered by descriptions in the press of his trip to Durham at a time when his wife had coronavirus and he believed he was about to go down with the illness.
He said that he had been shouted at in the street following the revelation of his actions on Friday.
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"If you are someone sitting at home watching the media over the last three days then I think lots of people would be very angry and I completely understand that,'' he said.
But he said he hoped the explanation which he gave during the press conference would allow them to see he was in a "very complicated, tricky situation''.