REDDITCH MP Rachel Maclean has issued a statement on the Dominic Cummings affair describing it as ‘ a distraction from the Government’s message and the work it is doing’.
However she said the published guidance sets out ‘exceptional circumstances that play a part in protecting a vulnerable individual’ and has called for a line to be drawn under the entire matter.
Mrs Maclean’s statement in full reads:
“My constituents have made great sacrifices these past two months in this national effort to tackle coronavirus. By abiding by the Government’s measures we suppressed the peak of this virus, protected the NHS and saved many lives. Thank you for your efforts.
“Like you, I have resolutely followed the social distancing rules, both in letter and in spirit. It’s been incredibly tough not seeing family and friends, but by staying at home as much possible we are slowing the spread of coronavirus.
“I have taken time to look at this important issue and take in all of the detail over the last few days.
“I listened to Dominic Cummings’ statement on Monday and I welcome his decision to explain himself – although this could have happened much sooner than it did.
“I have never met Mr Cummings personally but every individual should have the chance to explain their actions and it is not for me, the media or the general public to pass judgement without knowing the full facts.
“I do admit this situation is not helping the Government in its response to coronavirus. It is a distraction from the Government’s message and the work it is doing, and it is because of this that I am disappointed.
“However, it is clear that the published guidance sets out exceptional circumstances that play a part in protecting a vulnerable individual, in this case a young child. In saying this, I am mindful also of Mr Cummings’ stated concerns about the security of his family.
“I know many constituents feel angry and concerned about what is perceived to be a lack of fair play at the heart of this controversy. And many will disagree with my assessment of the situation. There has been a huge amount of misreporting in the media which has compounded many concerns.
“All constituents who have contacted me with a variety of views will have their views conveyed to Government.
“However I believe it is right to now draw a line under this and move on the important task of easing the lockdown proportionately while protecting the health of the nation.
“My priority throughout this crisis has been to support my constituents as much as possible and this work continues.”
Her statement follows a media and public furore over the actions of Mr Cummings.
This morning, tuesday, May 26, Douglas Ross MP the under-secretary for Scotland resigned over the issue while the Bishop of Worcester, John Inge, who also criticised Mr Cummings, has received a death threat stating ‘stay out of politics or we will kill you’.