BORIS Johnson has made a forceful defence of his lockdown-flouting aide Dominic Cummings and insisted he did "what any father would".
The Prime Minister this evening backed his chief adviser despite growing calls for Mr Cummings to quit from his own MPs.
Speaking at his third Downing Street press conference since leaving hospital, Mr Johnson insisted he had taken the allegations extremely seriously.
He said: "It is because I take this matter so seriously, and it is so serious, that I can tell you today that I've had extensive face-to-face conversations with Dominic Cummings.
"I've concluded that in travelling to find the right kind of childcare, at the moment when he and his wife were about to be incapacitated by coronavirus and when he had no alternative, I think he followed the instincts of every father and every parent.
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