Local Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has spoken out about the correspondence he has had from “angry, upset, and hurting” constituents who have reached out to him following revelations that the Prime Minister’s chief advisor broke lockdown rules.
Over the weekend, in an unprecedented move, Dominic Cummings led a press conference in Downing Street’s rose garden in an attempt to explain why he broke the public health regulations he helped to create. Since the scandal first broke last week, numerous constituents have emailed Chris detailing the personal sacrifices they have made due to the restrictions being in place and to note their displeasure at the apparent hypocrisy of Cummings’ actions.
On Monday (25 May), Cummings failed to apologise for his actions and expressed no regret for his actions, which are widely viewed to have undermined the critical messaging of governments across the UK.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“This whole affair isn’t about party politics – it’s about what’s morally the right thing to do. I’ve had constituents who have lost loved ones, who haven’t been able to sit with them in hospital and be with them when they passed away, and who haven’t been able to go to funerals of friends and extended family. To then be told that the rules seem to not apply to Boris Johnson’s most senior advisor has rightly angered people at an already difficult time for so many.
“The Prime Minister has risked undermining the crucial public health message at a critical time in our collective response to this pandemic. He – and his government – urgently need to act decisively and restore confidence before meeting the pressing challenges ahead.”