The Prime Minister’s top adviser has said he has ‘no regrets’ over reportedly breaking lockdown rules in April.

Reports revealed Dominic Cummings drove to Durham from London at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

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As part of the team that drew up lockdown rules, Mr Cummings has faced calls to resign given his decision to make the almost-300-mile trip.

Wycombe MP Steve Baker has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to remove his top adviser from office but Beaconsfield MP Joy Morrisey said Cummings “behaved reasonably in the particular circumstances” on Twitter.

The Free Press asked a few Conservative councillors from across Buckinghamshire for their thoughts on the situation, whether they thought Mr Cummings should be sacked, and if they had concerns his actions would like a to a spike in people breaking lockdown rules.

Patricia Birchley, Chiltern Ridges

“I accept his explanation. I think if it had been me I would have said I’m sorry because this has upset people but he’s a very important part of the government and I think the BBC and other people have blown it all out of proportion.

“Personally, I don’t think he should resign but I think it’s a very salutary lesson in how to behave.

“I also think his wife was ill, he thought he might be going to be ill himself, the prime minister by that time was in bed in Downing Street ill and it was a very difficult time to make a sensible judgement.

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“He claims his house was under threat, he’d had threats at his house and I think he had to make a decision when he had a lot on his mind in a rush and he might have decided differently if the circumstances had been less pressure.

“I don’t think it’s an offence serious enough to resign from but I do think lessons need to be learned and I do hope nothing like that will ever happen again.

“I hope it’s unlikely [this will lead to a spike in people breaking lockdown] because the government is easing things and we know at the beginning of June, schools will open, shops will open, garden centres have already opened, the markets will open.

“Everybody can see if they break the lockdown not only do they risk catching it and setting up a second spike but they could give it to somebody else and I think we all feel the one thing we wouldn’t want is to give it to another person who might die from it.

“It is a situation to be very careful about. People have been very responsible and I hope that that won’t happen.”

Martin Clarke, Ryemead and Micklefield

“My general feeling is people have been looking to get Cummings for a long time and have seized on this as a means of doing so and have blown it out of all proportion.

“What I understand is that he made a decision to go north based on a need for childcare and apparently all his childcare options in London were not viable at the time he made his decision.

“He went into a dwelling on the farm which his parents and relatives live on which was some 50 metres from the farm when they isolated.

“This business about going to Barnard Castle I don’t know about.

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“Frankly: it's a storm in a teacup. The guy did what he thought was right by his family as I think we all would.

“I have three daughters and four grandchildren so I can understand the reasons behind wanting to make sure his child was looked after properly.

“Until we have the full facts, it would be foolish to say ‘yes, he is fundamentally wrong’ or ‘he is all right.’

“[Breaking lockdown] is the risk but that was patently going on before the Cummings story broke.

“Last weekend, people were going out to all sorts of places where perhaps they should not have.

“As soon as there was a bit of relaxation on the lockdown people didn’t think enough about what they were doing and thought ‘oh we can go out now and enjoy ourselves a bit.’”

Santokh Chhokar, Denham

“We’ve got a situation and I think my view is yes, it is a matter for concern and people in these sort of positions have to explain themselves.

“But I really think that has been dealt with so my view is we have got far bigger things to worry about.

“We’ve had an explanation. Some people will like it, some people won’t like it.

“It’s all about interpretation.

“Some people think it’s too early to start lifting restrictions, other people are cross it hasn’t happened sooner.

“In the first few weeks, we had this tremendous national effort, ‘we’re in it together’, which is great.

“But obviously people are going to start seeing things differently so I’m sure even locally there will be different opinions.

“People will have their own ways of interpreting what’s happened.”