Following today's daily coronavirus press conference, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:
"The press conference today saw the Prime Minister reach a new, sordid low in his defence of Dominic Cummings. By refusing to allow the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Officer to answer questions, and denying journalists a follow-up question, it became clear that there is little Boris Johnson will not do to try and keep Dominic Cummings in post.
"The fact that the police have confirmed what the public already knew - that Dominic Cummings should not have done what he did - emphasises how Ministers are willing to risk public health at a time when it is crucial, considering this press conference also announced further steps to relax lockdown.
"The measures announced will be a huge comfort to many, but meeting friends, family and loved ones again will be a risk if the Government doesn't ensure the test, trace and isolate strategy is comprehensively in place. The fact the tracing plan has been rushed forward to try and distract from the Cummings saga simply shows what little regard the Government is paying to public health.
"It is time the Government stopped playing politics when so much is at stake."