The Prime Minister's chief aide Dominic Cummings will give a statement and answer questions later today on his alleged breaches of lockdown.

The move comes amid growing calls for Mr Cummings to resign, following the revelations in the Mirror and Guardian newspapers that he travelled 264 miles to his parents’ estate in Durham while his wife was suffering coronavirus symptoms.

The trip took place days after lockdown rules were announced and those rules stated that anyone with coronavirus should stay at home. 

The two newspapers on Saturday also reported that Mr Cummings had travelled to Durham for a second time during the lockdown, though this has been denied.

Mr Cummings, when approached by journalists on Saturday, said he behaved 'reasonably and legally.'

He later added: "It's not about what you guys think."

No.10 said Mr Cummings and his wife made the trip so that his sister could look after his daughter as he and his wife were ill. 

At yesterday's press briefing Boris Johnson backed his advisor and insisted he did 'what any father would'.

He said: "I've concluded that in travelling to find the right kind of childcare, at the moment when he and his wife were about to be incapacitated by coronavirus and when he had no alternative, I think he followed the instincts of every father and every parent."