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Tory MP Rob Butler has said he found Dominic Cummings’ trip to Barnard Castle “very difficult to justify”, though he stopped short of calling for him to go.
In a letter to a constituent seen by the Guardian, Butler said he felt “the guidance [on exceptional circumstances] can be interpreted in the way Mr Cummings has done”.
However, Mr Cummings himself said “there is room for reasonable disagreement” about whether he should have stayed in London, and I do not criticise anyone who does indeed disagree with him.
Personally, I find the trip Mr Cummings took to Barnard Castle very difficult to justify and am disappointed that he did not apologise for it.
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This is from the Labour MP Ben Bradshaw, who says Dido Harding – the government’s lead for the test and trace programme – has told them track and trace won’t be fully operational until the end of June.
As others have pointed out, that is four weeks after lockdown measures are further eased.
Dido Harding just told me on an MPs’ conference call that Test, Trace & Isolate won’t be fully operational at local level till the end of June. Not