Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has told Sky News claims Boris Johnson’s top adviser broke the lockdown twice are “not true”.
The prime minister’s right-hand man had already admitted that he drove 260 miles from London to Durham with his wife and young son in late March to self-isolate at a family property despite strict restrictions against long-distance journeys.
Now, the Sunday Mirror and The Observer claim he made a second trip to Durham and was seen there on 19 April – five days after being photographed in Downing Street on his return to Westminster.
Asked about the fresh allegations, Mr Shapps told Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “I certainly know that the first one you mention, of travelling back up (to Durham), I know that is not true.
“I’m afraid I don’t know (about Barnard Castle) but if that date was true that would have been outside the 14-day period. But I’m afraid I don’t have the information on that.
“But I do know it is not the case that he has travelled backwards and forwards, which seemed to be a major part of the stories I saw in the paper today.”
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