|[Published: Thursday May 28 2020]
61 Conservative MPs defy Boris Johnson’s call to ‘move on’ from Cummings scandal
LONDON, 28 May. - (ANA) - The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing a Tory rebellion as a growing number of MPs ignore his call for the country to “move on” from the lockdown scandal surrounding No. 10 adviser Dominic Cummings.
Appearing in front of the cross-party Liaison Select Committee yesterday, the prime minister declined to answer questions about Cummings’ conduct. But interventions by a string of senior Conservative MPs including ex-chancellor Sajid Javid and former defence secretary Penny Mordaunt have fuelled the anger over Johnson’s refusal to sack his most powerful aide.
At a press conference today, he refused to answer pertinent questions about his adviser and even intervened to forbid the scientific team to answer questions addressed to them.
He is hoping that the saga will go away but it is the case as more politicians and the media are asking whether he is the Prime Minister or the unelected advisor Dominic Cummings.
The British government's coronavirus test-and-trace system was launched today. Anyone in England who has been in close contact with someone who has been infected with coronavirus will be asked to isolate for 14 days even if they have no symptoms. Announcing the launch, Boris Johnson conceded that being told to self-isolate was a “huge imposition”. - (ANA) -
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