The fallout continues in the UK over allegations Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s chief aide broke lockdown rules.
Cabinet ministers have backed Dominic Cummings but some Conservative MPs are calling for him to resign.
Now, one Tory backbencher has apologised for initially lending his support.
In a Twitter post, Essex MP Robert Halfon had said of the criticism, “Is this really the kind of country we are?”
But in a Facebook post he has now said: “The tweet was wrong because many thousands of people in Harlow and across the country have suffered and struggled enormously during the coronavirus. It has caused significant pain and hardship. My tweet did not recognise that. I am sorry.”
He added that “no one – whoever they are – should be above the regulations or the rule of law” and that if any rule had been breached then “there should be serious consequences”.
It follows newspaper reports that Cummings made two trips from his London home to his parents’ property – about 260 miles away.