The former Labour Carlisle contender in the December General Election has appealed to the city’s MP to come out against Dominic Cummings.

Jeremy Corbyn’s candidate, Ruth Alcroft, has written an open letter to John Stevenson, calling for him to use his influence and push for the sacking of the Government’s chief advisor.

It is alleged that Mr Cummings, 48, broke lockdown regulations by driving 260 miles from London to Durham on two occasions because of childcare issues after his wife showed symptoms of Covid-19.

The first was in late March and the second, according to The Observer and Sunday Mirror, was on April 19.

It is also alleged he was seen in Barnard Castle, about 30 miles from Durham on April 12.

In the letter, Ruth said: “I am writing to ask you to use your influence and voice in Westminster to push for him to go.

“It is clear that Mr Cummings broke rules that the government set, that were at the very heart of our action as a society to slow the spread of this virus, and which have been followed by the majority of people in this country, often with a heavy heart knowing the cost to themselves and their loved ones.

“Excusing his actions as those of ‘a concerned parent’ give an arrogance to those in charge, implying the rules do not apply to those at the top and risk undermining the rule of law.”

The Government in a statement said: “Owing to his wife being infected with suspected coronavirus and the high likelihood he would himself become unwell, it was essential for Dominic Cummings to ensure his young child could be properly cared for.

“His sister and nieces had volunteered to help so he went to a house near to but separate from his extended family in case their help was needed.

“His sister shopped for the family and left everything outside. At no stage was he or his family spoken to by the police about this matter, as is being reported.

“His actions were in line with coronavirus guidelines.

“Mr Cummings believes he behaved reasonably and legally.”

The News & Star has asked the county’s Conservative MPs for their reaction to his actions and whether they will back calls for Mr Cummings resignation. However, Carlisle MP Mr Stevenson, Copeland MP Trudy Harrison, Workington MP Mark Jenkinson and Penrith and the Border MP Dr Neil Hudson did not respond.