UK leader Johnson stands by aide over 250-mile lockdown trip

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JILL LAWLESS Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday he wouldn't fire his chief aide for allegedly violating the national lockdown rules that he helped to create by driving the length of England to his parents' house while he was infected with the coronavirus. Defying a growing clamor from public and politicians, Johnson said Dominic Cummings had acted "responsibly, legally and with integrity" when he drove 250 miles (400 kilometers) from London to Durham, in northeast England, with his wife and son at the end of March. Britain's lockdown, which began March 23, stipulated that people should remain at their primary residence, leaving only for essential local errands and exercise. Anyone with coronavirus symptoms was told to completely isolate themselve
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