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'Caring for your wife and child is not a crime' Surrey MP defends Dominic Cummings

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'Caring for your wife and child is not a crime' Surrey MP defends Dominic Cummings

Published by Grace Mcgachy at 4:59pm 26th May 2020.

A Surrey MP has defended Dominic Cummings for his 260 mile trip from London to Durham during lockdown. 

Mr Cummings says it was so he could access childcare for his four-year-old son if he and his wife were taken ill. 

Surrey Heath's Michel Gove also said Mr Cummings was "wise" to make the trip with his wife and child from Durham to Barnard Castle as he wanted to "make sure he was comfortable behind the wheel" before driving back to London.

Mr Gove has admitted Mr Cummings should have shared details of his actions sooner. 

Explaining his visit to Barnard Castle the day before he drove back to London, Mr Cummings said:

"My wife was very worried, particularly as my eyesight seemed to have been affected by the disease.

"She did not want to risk a nearly 300-mile drive with our child given how ill I had been.

"We agreed that we should go for a short drive to see if I could drive safely, we drove for roughly half an hour and ended up on the outskirts of Barnard Castle town.

"We did not visit the castle, we did not walk around the town.

"We parked by a river.

"My wife and I discussed the situation, we agreed that I could drive safely, we should turn around and go home."

In a series of Tweets, Mr Gove defended the Prime Minister's top adviser: 

"Caring for your wife and child is not a crime.

"It’s clear now that allegations were made which were untrue and Dominic Cummings acted legally and reasonably.

"Let’s concentrate on the work necessary to deal with the consequences of COVID 19." 

What are the rules surrounding driving and eyesight? 

The Government website states:

  • You must be able to read (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) a car number plate made after 1 September 2001 from 20 metres.

Surrey Police have advised drivers not to get behind the wheel if they feel their eyesight is impaired, Spelthorne officers posted on Facebook: 

"A driver’s vision is very important.

"If you have any concerns about your eyesight don’t drive until you’ve sought the advice of a qualified optician."

Eagle Radio spoke to Lateef Iqbal, director of Specsavers in Camberley and Farnham about whether coronavirus can affect people's vision: 

"We've been following medical advice very carefully on this. 

"The information as it stands in simple terms is- people can get red eyes, saw eyes, itchy eyes with coronavirus. 

"But it's almost the end stage, what people don't get is symptoms in their eyes which then lead on to coronavirus symptoms. 

"If you're run down from anything, whether it's the virus or illness, people do sometimes struggle with their eyes a bit."

"If you're eyesghts not up for it don't get in the car. 

"Everyone knows the rules have been slightly relaxed around things like MOTs 

"Everyone's got to be respsonsible, just be careful out there." 

Lateef says if you are concerned about your eyesight you should consult your GP or optician. 

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