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Piers Morgan BANS all Cabinet members who backed Cummings from GMB

Mr Cummings is alleged to have visited his parents in Durham when he was supposed to be self-isolating after suffering coronavirus symptoms. The Prime Minister’s special advisor has also been accused of going to Durham again after returning to work. The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg says she has been told Mr Cummings stayed in a separate building and did not flout regulations after the allegations first surfaced via a joint Guardian and Mirror investigation.

Mr Morgan tweeted: “In light of today’s developments, I am regretfully forced to ban all cabinet ministers from appearing on @GMB until further notice.

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“Only exceptions will be those who didn’t publicly support Cummings breaching a lockdown that the Govt forced on the rest of us ‘to save lives’.”

In another tweet he wrote “remember their names…” accompanied with a spreadsheet showing which Cabinet members had backed Mr Cummings on Twitter.

The members listed “yes” under “Posted excuse?” were Dominic Raab, Rishi Sunak, Michael Gove, Matt Hancock, Alok Sharma, Brandon Lewis, Oliver Dowden, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Suella Braverman.

A further three members were listed as retweeting defences; Priti Patel, Gavin Williamson and Stephen Barclay.

A Number 10 spokesman told the Daily Mirror: “Today they are writing more inaccurate stories including claims that Mr Cummings returned to Durham after returning to work in Downing Street on 14 April.

“We will not waste our time answering a stream of false allegations about Mr Cummings from campaigning newspapers.”

Speaking to the Mirror a source claimed to have seen Mr Cummings walking in Durham on April 19 with a woman believed to be his wife, Mary Wakefield.

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They said: “We were shocked and surprised to see him because the last time we did was earlier in the week in Downing Street.

“We thought ‘He’s not supposed to be here during the lockdown’. We thought ‘What double standards, one rule for him as a senior adviser to the Prime Minister and another for the rest of us’.”

A retired Chemistry teacher also claimed to have seen Mr Cummings and his family walking around the River Tee around lunchtime on April 12.

Though he may have completed his isolation period, strict lockdown procedures were still in place and it is alleged the family were around 30 miles away from the home of Mr Cummings’ parents.

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There have been claims Mr Cummings travelled as he needed help with childcare, but reports have emerged claiming he and his wife continued looking after their four-year-old son in Durham.

A Durham Police spokesman said: “On Tuesday, March 31, our officers were made aware that Dominic Cummings had travelled from London to Durham and was present at an address in the city.

“At the request of Mr Cummings’ father, an officer made contact the following morning by telephone.

“During that conversation, Mr Cummings’ father confirmed that his son had travelled with his family from London to the North-East and was self-isolating in part of the property.

“Durham Constabulary deemed that no further action was required.

“However, the officer did provide advice in relation to security issues.”

Mr Cummings took on his role advising Mr Johnson after the latter became Prime Minister at the end of July.

The masterminded the successful Vote Leave Brexit campaign.

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