BREAKING: Dominic Cummings on the “disaster” of the Barnard Castle episode

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  • Sky News published this video item, entitled “BREAKING: Dominic Cummings on the “disaster” of the Barnard Castle episode” – below is their description.

    Former government aide Dominic Cummings said the episode involving his trip to Durham and Barnard’s Castle at the height of the UK lockdown was a “major disaster for the government and for COVID policy” but that in fact, his family feared for their lives because of security threats.

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    In This Story: Barnard Castle

    Barnard Castle is a market town and tourist destination in Teesdale, County Durham, England. It is named after the castle around which it was built.

    The Bowes Museum has what is considered to be the best collection of European fine and decorative arts in the North of England, housed in a 19th-century French-style chateau. Its most famous exhibit is the 18th-century Silver Swan automaton.

    Barnard Castle sits on the north bank of the River Tees, opposite Startforth and 21 miles (34 km) south-west of the county town of Durham. Nearby towns include Bishop Auckland to the north-east and Darlington to the east.

    Barnard Castle’s largest single employer is GlaxoSmithKline, which has a manufacturing facility on the town outskirts.

    The town became notorious in 2020 as the destination for a trip by the UK’s most senior political adviser, Dominic Cummings, which was judged to have broken lockdown rules and resulted in a public statement and widespread condemnation.

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