Haberler      English      العربية      Pусский         Kurdî      Türkçe Delivering News and Insights Around the World Keltis
  En.Haberler.Com - Latest News
SEARCH IN NEWS:
  HOME PAGE 18/01/2021 23:00 
26.05.2020 13:11 News >> UK Minister Resigns Over Lockdown Breach Row

UK Minister Resigns Over Lockdown Breach Row

Douglas Ross says 'vast majority' opposes actions of Boris Johson's top aide, premier 'regrets' resignation.

Douglas Ross, a junior minister for Scotland, resigned on Tuesday, becoming the British government's first casualty of the brewing lockdown breach issue involving Prime Minister Boris Johnson's top adviser.
In his resignation letter, Ross, a member of the ruling Conservative Party, said "a vast majority of people" did not agree with the actions of Dominic Cummings, the premier's adviser at the center of the controversy.
"I haven't commented publicly on the situation with Dominic Cummings as I have waited to hear the full details. I welcome the statement to clarify matters, but there remains aspects of the explanation which I have trouble with. As a result I have resigned as a government Minister," Ross said.
Cummings, PM Johnson's top adviser, is accused of breaking lockdown rules by driving over 264 miles across the country.
He has defended himself by saying he was doing the best thing for his family, as both he and his wife were feeling ill and had no one to look after their child in London.
His explanations have not significantly changed public opinion on the matter, despite the government – and especially the prime minister – backing him to the hilt.
In his resignation letter, Ross also shared his views on Cummings' defense.
"As a father myself, my instinct is to always do what is best for my son and wife. We have been fortunate not to have caught this awful virus but if we did, we are prepared to follow the government advice and stay at home to contain this virus," he said.
"While the intentions may have been well meaning, the reaction to this news shows that Mr Cummings interpretation of the government advice was not shared by the vast majority of people who have done as the government asked."
Ross stressed that he "cannot in good faith tell them [his constituents] they were all wrong and one senior advisor to the government was right."
Twenty MPs belonging to the ruling party want Cummings' resignation, and opposition parties are meeting on Tuesday to look into the matter.
Parts of local media, including the usually Conservative-backing Daily Mail, have also called for his resignation.
PM 'regrets' resignation
In a short statement, Downing Street said PM Johnson "regrets" Ross' decision to resign.
"The Prime Minister would like to thank Douglas Ross for his service to government and regrets his decision to stand down as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland," it said. -



        Latest News
UN Chief Taps Veteran Diplomat To Lead Libya Efforts -39 minutes ago...
Jan Kubis replacing Stephanie Williams, who served in roles on acting basis since 2018.
Fenerbahce Keep Up Pressure On Besiktas In Title Race -39 minutes ago...
Yellow Canaries easily beat Ankaragucu at home to level points with Besiktas at top of table.
Turkish Cypriot Parliament Elects Its Speaker -24 minutes ago...
Onder Sennaroglu from National Unity Party (UBP) elected by vote of 26 20 with 2 abstentions.
Spain Sees Highest Weekend Surge In COVID-19 Yet -9 minutes ago...
Country counts 84,287 new coronavirus infections, with one third of intensive care units now full.
Zimbabwe: Jailed Opposition Official Granted Bail -9 minutes ago...
After spending a week behind bars, opposition alliance spokeswoman gets bail in capital Harare.

 
      Top News
Malawi Imposes Restrictions To Contain COVID-19 Malawi Imposes Restrictions To Contain COVID-19
Europe Calls On Russia To Release Navalny Europe Calls On Russia To Release Navalny
Egypt Seizes Assets Of 89 Muslim Brotherhood Figures Egypt Seizes Assets Of 89 Muslim Brotherhood Figures
China Says Economy Grew By 2.3% Despite Pandemic China Says Economy Grew By 2.3% Despite Pandemic
Mesut Ozil On His Way To Complete Fenerbahce Move Mesut Ozil On His Way To Complete Fenerbahce Move
Football: Attila Szalai Joins Turkish Club Fenerbahce Football: Attila Szalai Joins Turkish Club Fenerbahce
Mesul Ozil Likely To Wear No. 67 Jersey For Fenerbahce Mesul Ozil Likely To Wear No. 67 Jersey For Fenerbahce
Turkey: Number Of COVID-19 Cases Drops Below 7,000 Turkey: Number Of COVID-19 Cases Drops Below 7,000
Turkey Detains 11 FETO Suspects Trying To Enter Greece Turkey Detains 11 FETO Suspects Trying To Enter Greece
Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing - Jan. 17, 2021 Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing - Jan. 17, 2021