May 24, 2020 / 5:16 PM / 2 months ago

UK opposition leader calls for inquiry into PM's adviser over lockdown drive

FILE PHOTO: Keir Starmer, Britain's opposition Labour Party leader speaks at the House of Commons during question period amid the coronavirus disease outbreak in London, Britain May 20, 2020. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s most senior civil servant should launch an urgent inquiry into the actions of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s senior adviser Dominic Cummings over a journey made during lockdown, the opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer said.

Johnson on Sunday stood by Cummings, who Downing Street have said made a 400-km (250 mile) journey to ensure his 4-year-old son could be properly cared for as his wife was ill with COVID-19.

“This was a test of the Prime Minister and he has failed it,” said Starmer. “The Cabinet Secretary must now launch an urgent inquiry.”

Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Kate Holton

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