Douglas Ross has resigned
Douglas Ross, a junior minister in the Scotland office, said he had "trouble" with the position of Dominic Cummings alleged breach of lockdown rules, which prompted his decision to resign as a Government Minister. Mr Ross said the prime minister's senior adviser's explanation of why he travelled during the coronavirus lockdown was based on decisions "others felt were not available to them".
In a letter posted on his Twitter account, Mr Ross said: "As a father myself, my instinct is to always do what is best for my son and wife. We have been fortunate not to have caught this awful virus but if we did, we are prepared to follow the government advice and stay at home to contain this virus."
"I have constituents who didn't get to say goodbye to loved ones, families who could not mourn together, people who didn't visit sick relatives because they followed the guidance of the government. I cannot in good faith tell them they were all wrong and one senior adviser to the government was right."
Mr Cummings has sought to defend his decision to drive to County Durham despite the coronavirus lockdown restrictions, saying he believes he behaved "reasonably" and does not regret his actions.
In a press conference in the rose garden of 10 Downing Street, Mr Cummings said he made the journey because of fears over a lack of childcare if he became incapacitated with the virus, and concerns about his family's safety.
Mr Cummings declined to apologise for his actions but conceded "reasonable people may well disagree about how I thought about what to do in the circumstances".
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