Boris Johnson has given his 'full support' to Dominic Cummings after it was revealed he travelled 260 miles despite strict lockdown measures.

The chief aide is facing calls to quit after it emerged he drove from his home in London to visit his parents in County Durham having previously shown symptoms of the deadly bug.

The PM's chief-of-staff has already been backed up by the UK Government who said his actions were due to childcare needs and that he 'stayed within guidelines'.

And during today's daily Downing Street briefing, it has been confirmed he has the full support of the Prime Minister.

Boris Johnson is said to have thrown his 'full support' behind chief-of-staff Dominic Cummings (L)

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the Tory leader was aware Cummings was "staying put" but admitted he did not know if Johnson knew the top aide had travelled to Durham.

He added: "The Prime Minister knew that he (Mr Cummings) was, quite properly, staying in place with his family, which is the right thing to do.

"It was a straightforward arrangement that meant he stayed in the same place and prevented the possibility of the child in this case from not having support around him.

"The PM knew that he (Mr Cummings) was unwell and that he was in lockdown, but of course the PM was also unwell during the same period, in reference.

"I can tell you the PM provides Mr Cummings with his full support and Mr Cummings has provided a full statement.

"And I think it's perfectly right that questions are asked."

Dominic Cummings outside his London home amid the fallout of his lockdown trip

He added: "But I do think it's important to note that questions were asked, quite rightly, and the questions were answered, because Mr Cummings has produced a statement.

"As we all do in moments of crisis we always seek to have our family, those who can assist us around us and I think that's all that has happened in this case."

But when asked by members of the press about what the revelations mean for the following of guidance, England's Chief Medical Officer Jenny Harries said: "The public health advice is take yourself out of society if you have symptoms, stay at home, stay at home with your family, I don't know the details of this specific case and I am commenting on the medical advice."

Cummings started suffering from symptoms of the deadly virus at the end of March which left him self-isolating with his wife and young son for two weeks.

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Downing Street claimed he was in quarantine at his home in London before his wife wrote about “emerging from quarantine” into the lockdown.

But a joint investigation by the Mirror and the Guardian has revealed that Mr Cummings was in fact in the North of England.

The SNP have since called for Cummings' resignation, with their Westminster leader Ian Blackford calling his position "completely untenable".

Blackford has also demanded the head of the civil service to investigate the "rule-breaking and the Tory Government's cover-up".

He has since been joined by Labour to carry out an 'urgent' inquiry.

Blackford said: "I have written to Sir Mark Sedwill seeking an immediate investigation into the rule-breaking and the Tory Government's cover-up - and to call for Dominic Cummings to resign or be sacked.

"Boris Johnson must answer serious questions about his role in this incident and the cover-up - including when he found out, when he heard about the police action, why Mr Cummings wasn't sacked immediately, and why he kept the public in the dark for eight weeks until a newspaper broke the story.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps

"Dominic Cummings' position is completely untenable.

"This is a matter of leadership and judgment for the Prime Minister who must prevent lasting damage to his Government and his own reputation.

"Millions of us have made huge sacrifices over the months to obey the rules, while Boris Johnson's most senior adviser was breaking them.

"There cannot be one rule for the Tory Government and another for the rest of us."

Last month Scotland's then chief medical officer was forced to resign after being criticised for not adhering to social distancing advice.

Dr Catherine Calderwood apologised and was backed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to remain in the role, despite twice visiting her second home in Fife.

Mr Blackford also referred to Dr Calderwood's resignation and the reaction of the Scottish Conservatives in his reasoning for the letter addressing Mr Cummings' actions.

He added: "The excuses are not credible.

"There was absolutely nothing in the list of reasons under the law for leaving the house that allowed someone to travel the length of the country to stay with their parents, particularly not someone who was known to have the virus.

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"The Tories vociferously demanded the resignation of Catherine Calderwood that same weekend.

"As Scottish Tory leader Jackson Carlaw said at the time 'There cannot be one rule for bosses and another for everyone else'.

"People are understandably questioning Boris Johnson's judgment."