The Conservative MP for Harlow, Robert Halfon has said he regrets tweeting in support of Dominic Cummings and his movements during lockdown.

Mr Halfon issued a statement on Facebook to say he could not support or condone anyone who had broken the law.

He added that anyone who had done should face the consequences.

Mr Halfon was one of a number of Conservative MPs who tweeted in support of Dominic Cummings.

Others like Peter Bone, the MP for Wellingborough, have called for the resignation of the Prime Minister's special adviser.

Mr Halfon said people in his constituency had suffered and struggled during the lockdown

Dominic Cummings has come under fire for his behaviour during lockdown Credit: PA Images

I would first like to make it clear to residents that I regret writing the tweet yesterday in the way I did about the Number 10 political adviser and his movements. I am really sorry for it. I do not support, or condone anyone who has broken the law or regulations. Anyone who has done so should face the consequences.

Robert Halfon MP, Harlow

Mr Halfon said his original Tweet was aimed at the four year old child because he thought at the time that both parents had been ill with coronavirus, genuinely had no one to look after the infant - and for this reason had taken the child to their extended family to be looked after.

Having said all this, if it is true as reported in today's Sunday Newspapers that there have been breaches of the regulations by this individual, then without doubt action should be taken by the appropriate authorities. No one - whoever they are - should be above the regulations or the rule of law.

Robert Halfon MP, Harlow