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One rule for the powerful and another for the rest

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to the Government’s decision not to review fixed penalty notices issued to those who travelled in order to get childcare, said “The attempts from the Prime Minister to defend the indefensible actions of his most senior adviser are quickly descending into chaos and seriously undermining trust.

“It’s now been made incredibly difficult to police vital public health guidance, as this flip-flop over fines shows. The reality is it’s one rule for the most powerful people in Government and another for the rest of us, which is incredibly dangerous.”

Ian Murray comments on resignation of Douglas Ross from Government

Ian Murray MP, Labour’s Shadow Scottish Secretary, commenting on the resignation of Douglas Ross MP from Government over the Dominic Cummings controversy, said “Douglas was a fair and reasonable minister who has done the decent thing and resigned from a government that is out of control.

“Integrity has been sadly lacking from this government, especially over the last 72 hours, so I commend him for making this difficult decision. He understands that it’s not acceptable to have one rule for Boris Johnson’s closest adviser, another for everybody else.

“Douglas has shown more integrity than Scottish Conservative leader Jackson Carlaw and other UK Government ministers who have defended the indefensible and couldn’t be more out of touch with the people of Scotland and the UK.”