Coronavirus: Dominic Cummings visited parents’ home while he had symptoms

Dominic Cummings travelled hundreds of miles from London to County Durham during the lockdown when he had coronavirus symptoms.

Mr Cummings and his wife went to his parents’ home to self-isolate, a source close to the PM’s chief aide told BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg.

The source insisted Mr Cummings did not break official guidance because the couple stayed in a separate building.

Labour demanded No 10 provide a “swift explanation” for Mr Cummings’ actions.

“If accurate, the prime minister’s chief adviser appears to have breached the lockdown rules. The government’s guidance was very clear: stay at home and no non-essential travel,” a spokesman said.

“The British people do not expect there to be one rule for them and another rule for Dominic Cummings.”

The Scottish National Party’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford said Mr Cummings should resign or be dismissed by Boris Johnson and that it was a “key test of leadership” for the PM.

The Scottish National Party’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford said Mr Cummings should resign or be dismissed by Boris Johnson and that it was a “key test of leadership” for the PM.

And Ed Davey, acting leader of the Liberal Democrats, added: “If Dominic Cummings has broken the guidelines he will have to resign, it is as simple as that.”

No 10 declined to comment on Friday night after the story was first reported in the Daily Mirror and Guardian newspapers.

Both papers reported Mr Cummings, the former Vote Leave chief who was the architect of the PM’s Brexit strategy, had been approached by the police.