Boris Johnson (centre) with Douglas Ross (right) who has resigned as a government minister. File/AFP
Douglas Ross, Tory MP and a minister for Scotland, has resigned in protest over the Dominic Cummings scandal, saying he could not “in good faith” tell constituents who have followed government advice in the face of heartbreak that “they were all wrong and one senior adviser to the government was right”.
It comes after the prime minister’s most senior aide refused to apologise for his trip to Durham and Barnard Castle, the latter of which was allegedly to test his eyesight during his recovery from coronavirus.
Number 10 special adviser Dominic Cummings arrives at Downing Street in central London. File/AFP
Boris Johnson also came out to bat for his adviser, insisting he regretted if people felt angered by the episode and announcing non-essential shops should open next month, as he urged Britons to spend and revive the economy.The Independent
Cummings, who masterminded the 2016 Brexit referendum vote and Johnson’s 2019 landslide election bid, told the BBC that his position had not changed since January when he said he wanted to be largely redundant by the end of this year.
Johnson has told top civil servants to set an example by starting to return staff to their desks and he has also asked companies including Goldman Sachs to get more employees back after working from home, the newspaper said.
Johnson will meet Polish President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki for talks on the security situation surrounding Ukraine, the source said.
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) affirmed that the UAE expresses its strong condemnation of these criminal acts, and its permanent rejection of all forms of violence and terrorism aimed at undermining security and stability in contravention of human values and principles.
Locals and conservationists reacted with outrage Thursday at the deliberate destruction of one of the UK's most photographed trees, next to the Roman-era Hadrian's Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage site in northeast England.
On behalf of President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Khaled Bin Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, arrived on Friday in Belgrade on a working visit.