This Letter from Kate Ewert & Glen Mynott was sent on 25th May 2020 in response to the news that Dominic Cummings, chief adviser to Boris Johnson, broke Lockdown rules.

 

Dear Sheryll,

We’re writing to you as Chair and Secretary of SE Cornwall Constituency Labour Party, and as members of your constituency, to ask you to strongly condemn – as other Conservative MPs have – the actions and subsequent inappropriate justifications of Dominic Cummings’s recent behaviour.

We find it, frankly, insulting that you have been reported as strongly supporting your Leader’s position in protecting Dominic Cummings. At a time when your constituents have given up so much to try and kerb the progress of this dreadful disease – seasonal businesses closed down, families unable to be with loved ones as they die alone, parents unable to access support from their wider family – that you would support an unelected bureaucrat and disregard the sacrifices your constituents have made is offensive.

Mr Cummings has been part of the SAGE committee, despite having never been formally or democratically elected, or holding expertise pertinent to the role, and prescribed rules that the vast majority of British people have diligently obeyed. To state that Dominic Cummings has acted “responsibly, legally, and with integrity”, in his actions – knowing that he was infected with coronavirus and yet travelling across the country numerous times – is bewildering. It is not clear why members of the Prime Minister’s inner circle are subject to different rules from the rest of us, especially when over forty thousand people have been faced with criminal charges as a result of breaking lockdown. How would you have reacted if he had travelled to a second home here in your constituency? Would you have been as supportive then if his actions threatened your own family?

His actions against his own recommendations have been deeply irresponsible, even without the wider context of his role in Government. The choices that he has made are in bleak contrast to every single person who has steadfastly and conscientiously abided by rules of safety and public protections over the past eight weeks.

Mr Cummings’s choices resonate against those who have lost their lives, family members, or became sick from working in key roles. Many people work directly with the public in difficult conditions and facing the risk of loss of their livelihoods if they choose to self-isolate.
Mr Cummings’s actions show his deep lack of respect to those public workers who rely entirely on infected people to take responsibility for themselves and stay at home to keep others safe. Anyone defending him at this stage mirrors that lack of respect.
All of this is an insult to every person who died alone; to every person fighting to save lives; to every person who couldn’t attend a funeral; to every person calling their elderly parents to check in every day, because they dare not visit them directly.

This is no longer an issue of politics. This is an issue of public decency and of democratic accountability. We eagerly await a public statement from you that shares our condemnation of Dominic Cummings’s behaviour.

Yours

Kate Ewert, Chair & Glen Mynott, Secretary

South East Cornwall CLP

 

Sheryll Murray’s response to this letter can be found here.

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