Swansea Conservatives said they would support Boris Johnson's top aide Dominic Cummings being removed from his post if he was judged to have broken lockdown rules, but said the media had not brought the same level of scrutiny on Labour politicians accused of doing the wrong thing.

Key adviser Dominic Cummings set out his reasoning for his family's journey from London to a relative's house in Durham on March 27 - and a subsequent 60-mile round trip in the area on April 12 - in a statement yesterday.

The Prime Minister gave his right-hand man his backing afterwards.

Today the Conservatives' Scotland Office minister Douglas Ross resigned, saying he believed Mr Cummings's view of the Government's lockdown guidance was "not shared by the vast majority of people".

The Swansea Conservative Group said in a statement today: "We fully understand the frustration felt by many, who have followed the guidance and in many instances sacrificed a great deal. We are all in that position.

"If there has been any breach by Mr Cummings this should be judged by the UK Government based on the account he has given and then the appropriate action should be taken.

"If he is judged to have broken the rules then we would support him being removed from his post.

"It is disappointing that the media, who appear have a personal vendetta against Mr Cummings, have caused a huge storm around an individual story while failing to bring the same level of scrutiny to the breaches by the Welsh Labour Health Minister Vaughan Gething and Labour MP Stephen Kinnock.

"There should be parity in reporting and scrutiny. We didn’t receive a call to comment on either of these instances."

Swansea Conservatives leader, Cllr Lyndon Jones (right) and deputy leader, Cllr Myles Langstone

The statement said Mr Cummings's situation was a matter for the UK Government in the same way, it said, for Labour to decide on the positions of Mr Gething and Mr Kinnock.

Earlier this month Mr Gething was pictured sitting eating chips while out for a walk with his family in a park.

He insisted there was no breach of Wales's lockdown measures at the time.

A Welsh Government spokesman added: “Absolutely nothing the minister is reported to have done contravenes Welsh Government regulations."

At the end of March, South Wales Police tweeted Aberavon MP Mr Kinnock to say his trip to visit his parents had not been essential travel.

The previous day Mr Kinnock had tweeted a photo of him sitting more than two metres away from his mother and father - who had turned 78 that day - in their front garden in England.

The recent comings and goings of Mr Johnson's top adviser don't appear to be a talking point among constituents in Swansea, according to Conservative councillors contacted by the Local Democracy Reporter Service before the party's group statement was sent.

The only councillor who said the issue had been raised with her was Cllr Linda Tyler-Lloyd.

She said two constituents she spoke to on another matter said they felt Mr Cummings had been trying to do the right thing, given he and his wife's concerns about the welfare of their four-year-old son.

"The only person who has written to me was a medical person, who was outraged," said Cllr Tyler-Lloyd.

She said she had been concerned about Mr Cummings's reported movements, but that she was reassured by his explanation.

"I also feel it's become a witch hunt," said Cllr Tyler-Lloyd.

Cllr Paxton Hood-Williams said he could not get where the media were coming from.

"I don't understand why something that happened two months ago suddenly appears in the media," he said.

"I don't know in what way this helps with the virus."

He said he believed Mr Cummings had stayed within the lockdown guidelines in England.

Asked if he felt the matter could undermine public adherence to lockdown measures, he said: "I think the media has a lot to answer for on this one."

Cllr David Heliwell said he also felt there had been a witch hunt.

"He (Mr Cummings) may well have been stupid, but as I don't know all the ins and outs I would rather not comment," he said.