UK politics news – live: Dominic Cummings says he has not considered resigning and defends lockdown trip to Durham in statement at Downing Street

Conrad Duncan, Andy Gregory

Dominic Cummings has said he does not regret his actions and insisted that he behaved "reasonably" when he drove to County Durham during the UK's coronavirus lockdown.

In a highly unusual press conference in the rose garden of 10 Downing Street, the embattled adviser claimed he made the journey because of fears over a lack of childcare if he became incapacitated with Covid-19, but also concerns about his family's safety.

The statement came as Boris Johnson faced a possible revolt from his own party over his defence of Mr Cummings‘ multiple alleged trips to Durham, with opposition parties and a growing number of Tories calling for an inquiry into the chief political aide’s behaviour.

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