Boris Johnson's top aide Dominic Cummings held a press conference on Monday afternoon to address the accusations he had broken coronavirus lockdown rules in March. Mr Cummings admitted he was fearful for the safety of his wife and child following threats of violence against them. He also added the reality of both he and his wife contracting COVID-19 meant he was forced to travel away from his London home as there may not be anyone to look after his 4-year-old child. Mr Cummings also explained he did tell the Prime Minister after he had made the trip to his father's farm.
Mr Cummings took questions from the media where he got into a row with Channel 4's Gary Gibbon.
Mr Gibbon said: "You drove a very long way away from home when everyone was told to be at home.
"If there was more leeway in these instructions than we thought, why didn't you tell everyone about that?"
"Who else has driven that distance?"
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While stuttering Mr Cummings snapped: "I am trying to answer the question.
"With great respect Gary, it is not just a simple measure of the regulations as the regulations describe various exceptional circumstances where you are not able to follow the rules."
Mr Cummings emphasised that he believed he was forced to make a judgement call on what best action to take.
He continued: "It seemed to me that I was in such an exceptional circumstance and was trying to balance all of these very complicated things."
Unsatisfied, Mr Gibbon insisted the public would be staggered to here Mr Cummings defence for his actions.
He also made a dig at Mr Cummings and Boris Johnson by asking whether the Prime Minister can not do his job without his top aide.
In response, Mr Cummings then read the coronavirus lockdown guidance.
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He said: "I am reading out the actual guidance.
"If you are living with children keep following this advice to the best of your ability.
"However, we are aware that not all of these measures will be possible.
"What we have seen so far is that children with coronavirus appear to be less heavily affected, nevertheless it is important to do your best to follow this guidance.
"I think I behaved reasonably given all of these circumstances and the different things I had to weigh up."