Dominic Cummings leaves his London home wearing a straw hat

Still need those eyes tested? Dominic Cummings takes unusual outfits to a new level with a straw hat and a stick as he leaves his London home

  • Dominic Cummings was seen leaving his Islington home wearing the straw hat
  • The Prime Minister’s chief adviser also held a wooden stick as he left home
  • The 48-year-old had taken the straw hat off by the time he was getting in his car 

Even the Prime Minister’s chief adviser took advantage of the scorching weather today as he was seen leaving his home wearing a straw hat.

Dominic Cummings, 48, was pictured leaving his Islington townhouse earlier today sporting the straw hat which rounded off his outfit that included a white shirt, black Hugo Boss jogging bottoms and blue Nike trainers.

Cummings was seen walking up the alleyway at the side of his home before climbing some steps to walk through his front gate.

Dominic Cummings emerges from his Islington home wearing a straw hat earlier today

The 48-year-old held a large wooden stick in his left hand as he climbed the steps of the alleyway next to his home

In his hand as he walked, Cummings held onto a large wooden rod, which looks like it may have fallen from a tree.

By the time the Prime Minister’s chief adviser was getting into his car, the straw hat was no longer on his head.

Temperatures soared today, with some areas of the south of the country said to have reached as high as 82F (28C) – making them hotter than Mexico. 

Most schools are set to break up for the summer holidays between July 20 and July 22, with many parents taking their children to beaches in Cornwall, South Devon and Plymouth to enjoy the sun.

The flourish of his straw hat made Cummings look as though he too was ready to make the most of the good weather.

The Prime Minister’s chief adviser also wore a white shirt with the sleeves rolled up, black Huge Boss bottoms and blue Nike trainers

The south of the country was hit by a heatwave today as some parts are said to have been hotter than Mexico

Cummings was the mastermind behind Boris Johnson’s high-risk strategy of calling the general election last year, focusing on ‘Get Brexit Done’. 

He also devised the ‘take back control’ message used by the Brexit campaign before the 2016 referendum.

Earlier this year in May, Dominic Cummings was accused of allegedly breaking lockdown rules that had been put in place by the Government to stop the spread of coronavirus.

He made a 260-mile trip to Durham during the lockdown but claimed he always behaved ‘reasonably and legally’.

Cummings said he had concluded on March 27 that if both he and his wife became ill their son could be looked after by his sister or nieces. He then drove to Durham, arriving at midnight, not stopping on the way.

Walk this way! Cummings walks down the road sporting his straw hat and clutching onto the wooden stick

Cummings had taken the straw hat off and put down the wooden stick by the time he started getting into his car

He developed coronavirus symptoms the next day and the family continued to isolate before on April 2 Mr Cummings’ son became unwell and was taken to hospital.

The adviser also faced criticism for visiting Barnard Castle during his isolation period.

On Sunday April 12 Cummings and his family went for a test drive to the castle to make sure he was fit enough to make the journey to London. They parked and walked 15 metres to the river, did not come into close contact with anyone, and then left. 

Police confirmed that the 260-mile trip to Durham did not breach lockdown restrictions at the time but that his visit to Barnard Castle ‘might’ have. 

Durham Police said that no further action would be taken against Cummings.

Timeline of Cummings’ lockdown row 

March 23: As the coronavirus crisis escalates, the UK is placed into lockdown with strict limitations on travel.

The Government guidelines state: ‘You should not be visiting family members who do not live in your home.’

Those in a household with symptoms must ‘stay at home and not leave the house’ for up to 14 days. 

March 27: Both Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock test positive for coronavirus, while chief medical officer Chris Whitty says he has symptoms of the disease and is self-isolating.

March 30: Downing Street confirms Mr Cummings is suffering from coronavirus symptoms and is self-isolating.

March 31: Durham police are ‘made aware of reports that an individual had travelled from London to Durham and was present at an address in the city’.

The force said officers ‘made contact with the owners of that address who confirmed that the individual in question was present and was self-isolating in part of the house.

‘In line with national policing guidance, officers explained to the family the arrangements around self-isolation guidelines and reiterated the appropriate advice around essential travel.’

April 5: An unnamed neighbour tells the Mirror and the Guardian Mr Cummings was seen in his parents’ garden.

‘I got the shock of my life as I looked over to the gates and saw him,’ they said. 

March 30 – April 6: The period Mr Cummings’ wife Mary Wakefield describes the family’s battle with coronavirus in the April 25 issue of the Spectator.

She makes no mention of the trip to Durham and describes the challenges of caring for their son while suffering the symptoms of Covid-19.

She says their small son nursed Mr Cummings with Ribena. 

April 12: Robert Lees, a retired chemistry teacher, claims to have seen Mr Cummings 30 miles away from his parents home in Barnard Castle. 

April 14: Mr Cummings returns to work for the first time since news he was suffering from Coronavirus emerged.

Questions are raised about his adherence to social distancing advice as he is photographed walking down Downing Street with fellow aide Cleo Watson. 

April 19: Witness claims he saw Cummings in bluebell woods – an allegation the aide now alleges is untrue and that he can prove he was in London at the time

May 22: News breaks in the Mirror and the Guardian of Mr Cummings’ trip to Durham.

May 23: Downing Street stands by the PM’s chief aide, saying in a statement: ‘Owing to his wife being infected with suspected coronavirus and the high likelihood that he would himself become unwell, it was essential for Dominic Cummings to ensure his young child could be properly cared for.’ 

That evening, a joint Sunday Mirror and Observer investigation reveals the two new eyewitness claims. 

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