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Boris Johnson’s senior aide Dominic Cummings has given a statement in the Rose Garden at 10 Downing Street - but failed to apologise for his actions.

A storm of protest continues to rage not only over revelations the prime minister’s most senior aide broke the government’s own lockdown guidelines, but also due to Boris Johnson’s defence of Dominic Cummings.

Criticism has rained down on Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings from the national newspapers - with even the Tory-supporting Daily Mail criticising the government.

Footage posted on social media showed Dominic Cummings being heckled by a crowd of onlookers as he returned to his London home after Boris Johnson’s latest press briefing.

A member of the government’s advisory group on behavioural science has said Boris Johnson has “trashed” all the advice he had been given on building the public trust need for lockdown to work.

Social media users are being encouraged to take to their doorsteps to protest the prime minister’s defence of Dominic Cummings for allegedly breaching lockdown rules.

Shortly after Boris Johnson’s press conference at Downing Street, where he defended his chief adviser Dominic Cummings, the official UK Civil Service Twitter account complained about his remarks.

Prime minister Boris Johnson has backed his top aide Dominic Cummings over allegations he breached lockdown restrictions, saying: “He has acted responsibly, legally and with integrity”.

A Conservative MP has apologised for tweeting his support of Dominic Cummings on Saturday and said the PM’s aide should “face the consequences of breaking the law”.

Political campaigners Led By Donkeys have trolled Boris Johnson’s most senior aide outside his home - by using clips of his boss’ speeches.

A shadow minister has called for Boris Johnson to attend Sunday’s Downing Street briefing to answer questions about his most senior adviser.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has left a lot of questions unanswered in a television interview, despite having been sent the questions in advance.

The allegations over Dominic Cummings “is now an issue of Boris Johnson’s judgment and integrity”, according to the SNP’s Westminster deputy leader.

The journalist behind this weekend’s Dominic Cummings revelations had the perfect response for a prominent Brexit campaigner after he tweeted his support for the Vote Leave mastermind.

Tory Brexiteers have turned on Vote Leave mastermind Dominic Cummings - calling for him to resign from his post as senior aide to the prime minister over allegations he broke lockdown rules more than once.

Elvis Presley did much to promote Hawaii’s musical culture, but its native sons have far more to offer themselves. SOPHIE DEBOICK reports.

Keir Starmer’s raw approval rating has rocketed, as more people approve of the Labour leader than prime minister Boris Johnson.

Sunday newspapers have alleged that Boris Johnson’s senior aide Dominic Cummings breached lockdown rules more than once.

CHARLIE CONNOLLEY looks back on the life of Giovanni Falcone who played an instrumental role in bringing down the mafia.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has swerved questions about what Boris Johnson knew about senior aide Dominic Cummings breaking lockdown rules.

The SNP has written to Boris Johnson and the head of the civil service calling for an investigation into Dominic Cummings’ “rule-breaking and the Tory government’s cover-up”.

Dominic Cummings has insisted he “behaved reasonably and legally” when he travelled from his London home to County Durham during the lockdown.

TIM WALKER reflects on an interview with American actor and political activist Charlton Heston.

Former Downing Street director of communications Alastair Campbell has savaged Boris Johnson over his failure to lead the country, and branded those around him “liars and hypocrites”.

Boris Johnson has defended his top aide for travelling 264 miles to Durham with his children during lockdown, despite the fact those around him had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Ian Blackford, SNP Westminster leader, says the prime minister has “serious questions” to answer regarding what he knew about Dominic Cummings’ lockdown trip to Country Durham.

SUNA ERDEM on the spectacular success of foreign TV shows on streaming channels – accelerated during lockdown – and how they represent an emerging global culture, characterised by differences.

Calls have been made for Dominic Cummings to resign from his role as chief adviser to the prime minister after reports emerged he broke lockdown rules by travelling 260 miles from his London home.

Police spoke to Boris Johnson’s top adviser after he breached the government’s lockdown rules to travel to see his family in Durham - despite having shown signs of coronavirus.

WILL SELF considers the British response to the coronavirus lockdown.

Political campaigners Led by Donkeys have created a new billboard comparing the UK’s number of coronavirus deaths with the rest of the world after Downing Street stopped showing the charts in daily press briefings.

A Downing Street tweet telling people to remain “three fridges apart” ahead of the bank holiday weekend has been ridiculed by Twitter users.

A video of a comedian mocking Tory health minister Matt Hancock during the general election has resurfaced, raising a smile during the coronavirus pandemic.

A Scottish public health expert has questioned why poorer countries have managed the coronavirus outbreak better than some of the richest - countries like the UK and the USA.

The Brexiteer boss of Wetherspoon’s pub chain has seen his wealth fall by around £230 million, as the business made preparations to reopen.

Ministers acting quicker would have made a ‘big difference’ to the coronavirus, a member of the SAGE scientific advisory group scientist has claimed.

A senior Tory’s decision to chair the new China Research Group alongside the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) has raised questions about its compatibility.

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has slammed Jacob Rees-Mogg’s plan to force MPs back to the Commons, calling it a case of “do as we say, not as we do”.

A police watchdog has claimed that deleted evidence between Boris Johnson and model-turned-businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri prevented the watchdog from establishing if the prime minister had committed misconduct in public office.

A Nobel prize winning scientist has slammed the government as being “on the back foot” over its coronavirus response.

Former foreign secretary David Miliband has said that the arrival of Labour’s new leader Sir Keir Starmer has made him ‘proud to be Labour again’.

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STEVE ANGLESEY on the hypocrisy of Olivia Utley, The Sun’s head of PR, who urged people to holiday in England despite enjoying a French holiday.

The government has been warned that communities face a funding shortfall after Brexit as a result of the loss of key EU regional funds.

Overseas health and care staff will be exempted from the fee levied on non-EU migrants to pay for the NHS in a u-turn from Boris Johnson following pressure from his backbenches and opposition MPs.

PETER TRUDGILL on a remarkable language made up equally from two others

The home secretary’s immigration bill, which claims ending free movement will open up Britain to the world, has rightly attracted derision, says STEVE ANGLESEY.

Former Australian PM and China expert Kevin Rudd has some stark forecasts in a Zoom interview with ANDREW ADONIS

MITCH BENN reflects on last weekend’s coronavirus lockdown protests in Hyde Park.

The pandemic has shown the different nations of the United Kingdom moving in different directions. John Kampfner wonders if this will signal the start of a permanent dismantling.

Around the world, organised crime gangs are exploiting the crisis to strengthen their grip on societies. Matteo Pazzona reports

PATRICK SAWER explores the enduring trope of the cowardly Italian and finds far more fitting illustrations of the country’s national character.

Just as a recession reveals businesses in bad shape, so this pandemic has exposed the disastrous state of the social care system. IAN BIRRELL investigates a broken industry in tragic turmoil.

MICHAEL WHITE on the week minds began to turn to unfinished business in Europe.

Local emergency services face being ‘burnt out’ by no-deal Brexit planning, a leaked government report has found.

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced schools will reopen more than two months after Boris Johnson’s proposed date for the return of English pupils.

A Tory MP has been slammed for taking to social media to brand opposition MPs ‘work-shy’ for wanting to continue withthe virtual parliament during the coronavirus pandemic.

Labour has refound its mission as ministers get used to the new normal, argues JAMES BALL.

ALASTAIR CAMPBELL on a shocking survey that lays bare the reputational damage the UK has suffered, as a result of its handling of the coronavirus.

Campaigner GINA MILLER on how she came to bond with a troll who had been abusing her online.

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