• Hertford & Stortford CLP

Our Letter On Dominic Cummings

This time last year, in response to the news about Dominic Cummings's notorious eye-sight test, our Hertford and Stortford MP Julie Marson said:

"I do not believe it is my place to demand that the Prime Minister sack Dominic Cummings... In the midst of this crisis, it also seems to me to be foolish to lose a valued and experienced adviser. I will trust the Prime Minister’s judgement on this."

Now that same valued and experienced adviser has revealed in evidence to Parliament that Boris Johnson is "unfit to be prime minister" after presiding over a chaotic and incompetent pandemic response that caused many thousands of unnecessary deaths. He also confirmed what many of us long suspected - the prime minister did not understand the seriousness of the pandemic and his dithering meant “tens of thousands of people died who didn’t need to die”.

Does Mrs Marson now want to reconsider her support for Mr Cummings? Does she still trust the Prime Minister's judgment of his behaviour? And what has she got to say to the relatives of the tens of thousands of people who died unnecessarily during the pandemic?

Of course those are rhetorical questions - no doubt she will continue to support the PM right or wrong, in Mr Cummings’s resonant phrase “like a shopping trolley smashing from one side of the aisle to the other."


David Jacobs

Secretary

Bishop's Stortford and Sawbridgeworth Labour