Citizens demand the prosecution of Dominic Cummings

by Concerned citizens supported by former senior Crown Prosecutor, Nazir Afzal

Citizens demand the prosecution of Dominic Cummings

by Concerned citizens supported by former senior Crown Prosecutor, Nazir Afzal
Concerned citizens supported by former senior Crown Prosecutor, Nazir Afzal
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We are a group of concerned citizens, families of COVID victims, COVID survivors, doctors and nurses and scientists from around the UK, working with leading law firm Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors.
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Latest: Dec. 8, 2020

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On 23rd November, a further press release was distributed to express publicly concerns that Nazir Afzal’s legal team had not received a reply from the police and Crown Prosecution Service regar…

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Who are we?

We are a mixed group of ordinary concerned citizens, families of COVID victims, COVID survivors, front line doctors and nurses and scientists, supported by former senior Crown Prosecutor, Nazir Afzal.

We are working with leading law firm Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors and barrister, Matthew Ryder QC from Matrix Chambers. 

What's at stake?

Like so many, we have made huge sacrifices over the last three months - missed seeing family, missed birthdays, missed taking care of ill loved ones and missed funerals - all to keep our community safe and abide by the laws put in place by the government in response to the Covid-19 crisis. 

Dominic Cummings' and the government’s actions in response have undermined public health and safety for all the country.

Mr Cummings, senior advisor to the Prime Minister, may have broken the laws put in place to protect us. He seems to have done so when he chose to travel from London to Durham and travelled, while there, to Barnard Castle. Other actions by him, while in London and as a senior advisor to the Prime Minister, seem to have undermined the national effort to control the pandemic. We believe his actions have not been properly investigated by authorities like the police and the Crown Prosecution Service. They have responsibility to uphold the law and protect us all but they seem to have let the country down.

We’re now coming together to take action to persuade the police to re-open and fully investigate Mr Cummings’ journey to and stay in Durham and all his other actions’ impact on the control of the pandemic. We believe criminal offences may have taken place, but they have not been investigated fully, or at all.

If the evidence demonstrates possible criminal conduct then we think that Mr Cummings, like any other citizen, ought to be tried in front of a Court to decide on this.

 Our request for justice

In order for justice to be done, we are pushing for:

  • Durham Constabulary to explain their process/actions in their investigation of Mr Cummings.
  • A Metropolitan Police specialist team to investigate all his actions.
  • The CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) to consider a public prosecution.
  • A private prosecution to be considered if all these routes fail and the evidence supports it and the laws allow one. However, the prospects of a private prosecution for breach of the Covid regulations appear unrealistic.

A team of senior lawyers has been established, headed by Mike Schwarz (Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors) and Matthew Ryder QC (Matrix Chambers).

In order to continue to pursue the first three objectives, the campaign will need to raise something in the region of £95k, depending on how the police and prosecutors and others respond; and significantly more for any further legal action that proves possible, advisable and necessary. We will keep you updated as our case progresses.

Please make a donation to our campaign and spread the word via social media, WhatsApp and email.

Why this is important

Mental health nurse Andy Toogood, from Hull:I know I speak for many nurses and other health care workers when I say we were appalled both at what Dominic Cummings did and how the prime minister and the Cabinet then behaved. It was clear that keeping Cummings was more important than defeating COVID. NHS and social care workers have risked their lives and feel badly let down. It is also clear that the lockdown is now breaking down in part because of what happened and that in turn will put more lives at risk. I know many colleagues will also want to support this.”

North London GP Caroline Dickinson: “We have all seen close up the dreadful sacrifices our patients and their families have had to make – not being able to be together when someone is sick, not being able to visit or be visited, people dying alone with no family, people unable to go to funerals. It simply adds salt to the wounds to see a senior government adviser break rules and seemingly get away with it, when others have obeyed the rules at such cost, in circumstances far harder. I know I am not alone in the NHS in wanting to make this does not rest and that proper justice is done.”

Seamus McNally, whose father-in-law died during lockdown, having been alone in hospital: "My ex-wife, and our children, his grandchildren, were unable to so much as visit him to say goodbye – he died, alone. Can you begin to imagine how heart breaking that is to contemplate and to have to live with for the rest of your life for his children and grand-children? I know I can’t.

Their “instincts” were to visit him. They did not, as they complied with what Mr Hancock called “instructions.” The Prime Minister’s assertion that Cummings acted correctly on his “instincts” is deeply, deeply insulting. Should my children have acted on their “instincts” to say one final goodbye to their grandfather before he died? Should many more of us than the 10 that were allowed to turn up to his funeral to send him off? We stuck to the law, and paid a price. Cummings has broken the law, and paid none. I will support this campaign in any way I can."

Lynn Telford, of Kempsey, Worcester: “I wrote to my local MP as I felt Cummings’ action and all the government lies and their further support of his actions felt personal. I have listened to all the Downing St briefings. I’ve stayed at home only visiting my recently widowed father to leave food, not sleeping the night before just in case I transferred the virus. My brother hasn’t seen his father since the lock down, which my dad doesn’t understand and thinks my brother doesn’t care. I’m sorry but Stay at home means Stay at home. If the PM won’t hold Cummings accountable for his lies, I would support a private prosecution in my name.”

Heather Rawson, of Wakefield, who works in financial services: “I fully support a private prosecution of Dominic Cummings as our government continue to defend him, rather than the millions of people in the UK who have, and continue, to suffer loss, hardship and difficulties due to their handling of the Covid-19 crisis. The repercussions of this are far reaching, not least in weakening the messaging around social distancing and public safety. The government still expects the public to adhere to the rules, stay at home, not see their family and friends, when these have been broken so publicly and with such flimsy excuses and lies, that all credibility is lost. I believe the subsequent relaxing of some of these lockdown regulations was not in the interest of public safety, but to deflect from the actions of the government in response to Dominic Cummings, and that we will suffer more infections, and loss of life, as a result.”

Lisa Green, who manages a physiotherapy business in Colne Valley, Yorkshire: “The government think they have got away with this, but the anger is real and it will not go away. It’s not just about what he got up to in Durham, and his eye test drive, or his walks in the woods; it is the fact he left London in the first place. When I think of the people who died alone, or the people who could not attend funerals, or the people separated from families on the front line, it makes my blood boil to see him claiming his circumstances were exceptional, and it shames the government to see Boris Johnson and the entire Cabinet pretend there was nothing wrong with what he did. I will be happy to support in whatever way I can the case against Cummings.”

Daryl Clarke, a Company Director of a technology business based in Ascot, Berks: “I am equally enraged and disappointed that a senior government advisor, responsible for drafting the lockdown laws, would not only blatantly go against the rules but then have the gall to go on national television and lie about the circumstances. The vast majority of Britain has followed the lockdown to the letter, in some case at great personal sacrifice including seeing loved ones die alone. Mr Cummings should not only be removed from government but if at all possible, prosecuted.”

Paul May, of Ribble Valley: “I think people feel so powerless, that we did our bit, stuck to the rules, made real sacrifices in terms of not seeing family and friends, then he breaks the rules and has the whole cabinet turned out to pretend he didn’t. If I can do anything to help get this properly investigated, and taken to court, I will. Justice must be done.”

Claire Kirby, an administrator from Hampshire: “I have rarely felt such anger as has been aroused by the Cummings scandal and the attempts of the government to justify it. I have tried and failed to engage my MP on the subject, and so am very happy to support anything that keeps the pressure on Johnson and Cummings. He broke the rules, and Johnson backed him. They have lied and wriggled ever since, and I want to see them properly questioned on this, preferably in court.”

Katie Squire who lives in the West Midlands and works in health care: "I am appalled by the Dominic Cummings events and the lack of apology. My mother lived in London and myself in the West Midlands. I would have loved to have tried to visit her and help her but during lockdown she was taken into Hospital with the virus and sadly died. She was struggling but couldn't leave to see me.  His lack of apology is not just shocking but a complete disregard for those of us who both obeyed the rules and lost loved ones"

Linda Lane, retired health professional, from Scotland: "Dumfries and Galloway is a large but sparsely populated rural area.  We have a high elderly population. Our main employment is public sector and agriculture.  Tourism has received a big push in recent decades and as such the area has become heavily dependent on it.  With the advent of COVID-19 our area locked down like everywhere else. We took it seriously.  So much so, that as of this date we have been fortunate in only being able to record 261 positive cases known. The area’s health services are obviously matched to our local needs with the main centre being a district general hospital and our nearest specialist centres are Glasgow and Edinburgh some 70 miles away. In effect we have been successful in keeping COVID-19 at bay.  

With an elderly population this brings its own worries going forward. My mother is 81 years old. She has abided by the guidance but this was hard for her as she is normally a fit and sociable individual. The thought of coming out of isolation is now proving daunting for her as she knows that we have yet to be exposed. With Mr Cummings behaviour and Mr Johnson’s push to end lockdown so rapidly we are obviously concerned about the message this gives to would be tourists, particularly from England. It makes us truly anxious for my mother and we feel it is only a matter of time before we are faced with people in the area who should not be here and who pose a risk to our population. There are signs installed stating Dumfries and Galloway is closed. I would support anything that ensured both Mr Cummings and/or Mr Johnson were held to account for disregarding the risks to us all."

Daniel Sutton, is from Greater Manchester and is currently a student on placement doing Sales and Marketing in London: "I am still beyond angry with the actions of Dominic Cummings. Throughout the lockdown I have kept strictly to the guidelines. During the first 2 weeks I couldn’t see my mother or brothers due to my brother having a cancer scare. My best friend couldn’t see his grandma before she passed away from coronavirus. I have watched and heard horrific stories of people enduring great suffering further exaggerated by the lockdown. When someone’s family member passes away it’s hard enough; when in lockdown the pain is evidently much greater. 

However, thousands of people were willing to endure such suffering for the greater good of the country. But it is when Cummings broke the lockdown rules when I really lost trust & support for this government.  I was more than prepared to support them & follow their guidelines through this to protect the vulnerable. However, all of this has been ruined by Cummings not only breaking the guidelines but also the bare faced lying this government have continued. I am further angered by the lack of strength most of the MP’s have shown by refusing to speak out against Cummings, as shown by my MP Graham Brady who clearly disagreed with his actions but refused to publicly state as such. I support the idea of prosecuting Cummings because if the government which is supposed to defend us is evidently doing the opposite in the name of politics then the matters have to be taken into civilian hands, evidently."

Teacher Gill Taylor, of East Harling: "I was infuriated by what he did and infuriated by the Cabinet‘s reaction. My MP is Liz Truss and I wrote as many others did to register my disgust and like so many others was wholly fobbed off. The full facts must be established and if this is the only way to do it then I support the case for a re-opening or the police investigation and/or a private prosecution. We cease to be a country governed by the rule of law if there is one law for those in power and another for the rest of us."

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Update 5

Concerned citizens supported by former senior Crown Prosecutor, Nazir Afzal

Dec. 8, 2020

Case Update

On 23rd November, a further press release was distributed to express publicly concerns that Nazir Afzal’s legal team had not received a reply from the police and Crown Prosecution Service regarding the substantial submissions made on why they should investigate Dominic Cummings and Mary Wakefield for suspected lockdown criminal offences (Covid regulation offences). Also, the release provided a reminder that, on one view, the deadline for a prosecution under the Covid regulations was about to pass - https://www.hja.net/press-releases/nazir-afzal-urges-police-and-crown-prosecution-service-cps-to-be-proactive-on-the-cummings-wakefield-covid-investigation-as-it-reaches-a-critical-stage/.

You may have read in the press, in recent days, reports of Durham Police having responded to the submissions made and, reportedly, instructing a senior police officer to consider, investigate and obtain evidence about Mr Cummings – ‘notably, the allegation of perverting the course of justice’.  

Here are two of those press reports: 

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/dec/04/durham-police-dominic-cummings-nazir-ifzal-dossier

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/claim-dominic-cummings-perverted-justice-23117818

As there now appears to be an active police investigation, Mr Afzal’s legal team, whilst limited in what they are able to say or do publicly, are continuing to seek to take all efforts to ensure that a full investigation is conducted. They are also seeking to ensure proper and comprehensive conclusions are drawn by the police and authorities, applying the Crown Prosecution Service Code on whether a prosecution should take place.

The campaign continues, as does the need for funding.

Mr Afzal and his solicitor Michael Schwarz, from Hodge Jones & Allen are continuing to support the campaign and will provide further updates when they are able to do so. 

Update 4

Concerned citizens supported by former senior Crown Prosecutor, Nazir Afzal

Nov. 23, 2020

Case Update

On 30th October, Nazir Afzal’s legal team sent the police and CPS substantial submissions on why they should investigate Dominic Cummings and Mary Wakefield for suspected criminal offences arising from their actions during the first lockdown in Spring 2020 [see press release].

They have received no substantive response from Durham police (the Chief Constable’s office), the Metropolitan police (the Commissioner), the Director of Public Prosecutions or from York CPS headquarters.

The deadline for prosecutors to apply for summonses in relation to Covid regulations offences, on one view, expires this week. Only the police, CPS and other authorities can initiate these prosecutions.


On 30th October and since then, with the cooperation of the public, significant new leads and evidence have been presented to the police and CPS, including:

  • Evidence of a further possible trip to Durham City itself by Dominic Cummings during lockdown.
  • Photographic evidence that Dominic Cummings went deeper into Barnard Castle than the ‘outskirts’ to which he has admitted.


Nazir Afzal says:

“The public rightly remain concerned that there appears to be one law for some in positions of power and another for the rest of us. So it’s vitally important to maintain public confidence in policing and justice, we therefore continue to keep an active interest in what the police and CPS will do with these allegations. If anything, the evidence is stronger than when we submitted our file.”

Mike Schwarz, Mr. Afzal’s solicitor at Hodge Jones & Allen says this:

“We would expect investigators and prospective prosecutors – Durham and the Metropolitan police in particular – in the exceptional and grave circumstances of the Cummings case to take these submissions and this new evidence seriously. Time is now of the essence.”


Update 3

Concerned citizens supported by former senior Crown Prosecutor, Nazir Afzal

Oct. 30, 2020

Case Update

Hodge Jones & Allen solicitors have today presented detailed submissions to the Director of Public Prosecutions at the Crown Prosecution Service (‘CPS) in London, the HQ of the CPS in York, the Chief Constable of Durham Police and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

Commenting on the submissions, Mr Afzal said “My one objective was to try to get to the truth. The police investigation thus far has been cursory and incomplete. The picture painted by the witnesses that have come forward appears clear and coherent and is inconsistent in important parts with the version given by Mr. Cummings. Whilst tens of thousands of families, including mine, were struggling to mourn their loved ones, Mr. Cummings was allegedly travelling the country with no consideration of the consequences. The conclusion that there is sufficient evidence to prosecute is understandable, in my view. I believe the CPS’ public Interest test is also met given the impact that this has had on general compliance with Covid Regulations.” 

“It is now a matter for the police & CPS to decide whether to take this forward. There is a perception currently that the law isn’t being applied equally and the poorest, most vulnerable and least powerful of our citizens are those that suffer. We will watch with great interest.”

Update 2

Concerned citizens supported by former senior Crown Prosecutor, Nazir Afzal

Sept. 8, 2020

Case Update

On 14th August, lawyers from Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors wrote to Dominic Cummings and, his wife, Mary Wakefield. They asked Mr Cummings to make good on his indication, in his Rose Garden statement, to be accountable and asked for evidence confirming his movements, especially on 19th April 2020 in light of renewed press reports that he had allegedly made a second trip to the North East at that time. Mr Cummings and Ms Wakefield were invited to provide an answer within 14 days. No reply has been received to date.

The campaign, and their lawyers, are therefore pressing on with their principal initiative - a dossier of evidence and submissions for the Director of Public Prosecutions/Crown Prosecution Service (‘CPS’). Indications, from detailed further work, enhance their view that there are some very significant unanswered questions about Mr Cummings conduct during ‘lockdown’, inquiries which the police ought to be pursuing and action the CPS ought to consider. Some of this goes beyond what has so far attracted public attention.

You will appreciate that, given the multiplicity of relevant and questionable actions by Mr Cummings during the lockdown period, and beyond, this is a complicated and labour-intensive task.    

The campaign therefore urges further support for its bid for crowdfunding at this crucial stage.

Nazir Afzal OBE, former Senior Crown Prosecutor commented:

“The search for truth continues and we are immensely grateful to the thousands of people who have made it happen. Their contribution has nearly completed our investigation. One final push and we’re there.”

Update 1

Concerned citizens supported by former senior Crown Prosecutor, Nazir Afzal

Aug. 3, 2020

Update on our case

On Friday 3rd July, Nazir Afzal’s lawyers, Hodge Jones & Allen, wrote three letters as “Nazir Afzal calls on the Chief Constable of Durham police, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, the Director of Public Prosecutions / the Crown Prosecution Service for further information and proper investigation”. They were given 14 days to reply. The replies have been received and considered carefully.

The next phase of the campaign has been developed. The centrepiece of the strategy is to prepare a dossier of evidence and present it, and submissions, to the Crown Prosecution Service.

A lot of background work needs to be done in these critical next weeks, to take this forward.

Hodge Jones & Allen has been and continues to be in correspondence with a large number of other State organisations asking more questions and asking for more information.

They are also working with other key potential sources who may have information about Dominic Cummings.

They are collating evidence for those submissions, including approaching potential witnesses.

They are working with others, including the barristers in the legal team, to prepare those submissions.

This is in the context of the original strategy which was:

  • Durham Constabulary to explain their process/actions in their investigation of Mr Cummings.
  • A Metropolitan Police specialist team to investigate all his actions.
  • The CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) to consider a public prosecution.
  • A private prosecution has been considered. The prospects of a private prosecution for breach of the Covid regulations appear unrealistic given the way they are formulated. Fresh evidence may, however, change this assessment.

What our team has to say 

Nazir Afzal has said:

"Contrary to my experience while in post, neither the police nor the CPS appear to have an interest in this important issue of deep public concern. It doesn’t fill me with much confidence that they choose to close ranks when the recent survey shows that public compliance with the Lockdown Regulations were significantly impacted by the actions of Cummings and the inadequacy of the Government & Police response. You have to ask ‘What do they have to hide and whose side are they on?’’

Mike Schwarz, solicitor at Hodge Jones & Allen has said:

“We appeal to any witness who can shed light on Mr Cummings’ activities, especially in March and April this year, to come forward. We are driven to do what others should be doing – compiling a dossier of evidence and making our own assessment as to whether a prosecution should follow and presenting it to the DPP. Mr Cummings’ actions and their consequences are exceptional and grave and ought to be considered independently, thoroughly and accountably.”


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