The Liberal Democrats have written to Stephen McPartland urging him to “end the distractions” and support calls for scandal-hit Dominic Cummings to go, so the country can focus on the coronavirus emergency.
In the letter Lisa Nash, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Stevenage Constituency, urges him to “put the interests of your constituents first, end the distractions and join the growing number of Conservative MPs who are calling for Dominic Cummings to go.”
The call comes alongside Liberal Democrat demands for an independent inquiry into the Government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, while several Conservative MPs have also broken cover to call for Dominic Cummings to quit, amid claims he broke coronavirus lockdown rules twice.
Lisa Nash said:
“People right across the Stevenage Constituency have made incredible sacrifices to stop the coronavirus. Even if the Prime Minister keeps his blinkers on, Stephen McPartland cannot be oblivious to how angry people are with this scandal.”
“Each minute this scandal is allowed to drag on is another minute the Government is distracted from upscaling Britain’s testing capacity, securing PPE for frontline workers and preventing the tragic deaths in our care homes.”
“Stephen McPartland must stop defending the indefensible and put the health, wellbeing and economy of our country before efforts to save the Prime Minister’s adviser.”
Ed Davey, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats, added:
“By failing to act, the Prime Minister undermines his own authority to lead the country through this appalling crisis, bringing his own judgment into question”.
“The Prime Minister must come clean about what he knows and terminate Dominic Cummings’ contract. It is now clearer than ever that, once we are through this crisis, there must also be an independent inquiry to review the Government’s actions.”
Please see below the open letter from Lisa Nash, Liberal Democrat spokesperson Lisa Nash for Stevenage constituency
Dear Mr McPartland,
People right across the Stevenage Constituency have made incredible sacrifices to stop the coronavirus. I hope you will therefore empathise with how angry people are about reports that the Prime Minister’s Senior Adviser, Dominic Cummings, has wilfully disregarded the lockdown rules.
It cannot be one rule for senior government officials and another rule for everyone else.
Given the national crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic, I fear each minute the Prime Minister allows this scandal to drag on is another minute the Government is unable to give people clear, honest answers about why testing capacity is so low, why there is a lack of protective equipment for frontline workers, and why so many people are dying in care homes.
I am therefore urging you to put the interests of your constituents first, end the distractions and join the growing number of Conservative MPs who are calling for Dominic Cummings to go.
I look forward to your response.
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Stevenage Constituency