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No.10 dropped me during row over Dominic Cummings, says chief nurse Ruth May

CHIEF nursing officer Ruth May was dropped from a No.10 press briefing during the row surrounding Dominic Cummings’ trip to Durham, she said.

Ms May was reported to have been cut from appearing with Matt Hancock on June 1 after refusing to defend the prime minister’s aide, which the government denied.

Mr Cummings caused uproar when he drove from London to Durham to stay with his parents while lockdown restrictions were in place.

But yesterday, Ms May (pictured) told the Commons public accounts committee: ‘It is indeed true that I was dropped from a briefing but that happens to many of my colleagues as well. That is a regular occurrence. I don’t know why I was dropped.’

Asked whether she was requested to defend Mr Cummings, she said: ‘At all press briefings, we talk about a lot of these preparation questions.

‘Yes, of course, I was asked about lockdown and rules to lockdown.

‘In my opinion, the rules are clear and they are there for everyone’s safety and applied to us all.’

Last month, transport secretary Grant Shapps said the allegations were false, adding: ‘I am sure she will be back here again.’

A MOSQUE where more than 250 people attended a funeral despite Covid-19 restrictions has been closed after the imam tested positive. Jamia Ghosia mosque in Blackburn will undergo a ‘deep clean’, while Muslim leaders ordered mourners at the July 13 service to isolate or be tested. Police are investigating the incident.