'Heartbroken' widower says PM has 'let the country down' by refusing to sack Cummings

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A heartbroken widower who wasn't able to hold the hand of his dying wife says the Prime Minister has "let the country down" by refusing to sack his senior aide Dominic Cummings.

John Wilson from Buckinghamshire lost his wife, Pauline, to coronavirus a week into the Government-imposed lockdown.

Pauline was taken to Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

I had to rearrange her cremation because the first undertaker required me to go to Welwyn Garden City to pick up her remains and her belongings, and that's a drive that's about as long as the drive from Durham to Barnard Castle and I didn't believe that I was allowed to do that under the rules.

John Wilson, Widower
Vicar Martin Poole is disappointed the fines won't be reviewed. Credit: ITV News Meridian

It comes as a vicar from Brighton says he is disappointed that ministers will not review fines given to parents who travelled for childcare purposes during the lockdown.

The Reverend Martin Poole, who is the vicar at St Luke's Prestonville, asked the Health Secretary for a review at Tuesday's Downing Street briefing.

Matt Hancock described it as "perfectly reasonable to take away that question" and he'd have to "talk to his Treasury colleagues" before he could answer it in full.

The Reverend Martin Poole confronted Matt Hancock on Tuesday.

An hour later, we were told the Government would not be announcing a review into the fines.

We're not going to do a formal review of the fines. Imposing a fine is a decision for the police and so it's right that we leave this at their discretion.

ROBERT JENRICK MP, Communities Secretary

Some people who feel perhaps unfairly treated, or that perhaps there's different sets of standards for us and for Government ministers and employees, may feel a little bit disappointed that that's been the response."

The Rev Martin Poole, Vicar, St Luke's Prestonville
John Wilson believes it's one rule for one and one rule for another. Credit: ITV News