ANGRY Oxford residents have phoned their MPs in protest after the Prime Minister chose not to sack his chief adviser for breaking lockdown rules.

Oxford's two MPs Layla Moran and Anneliese Dodds have both confirmed they have been 'inundated' with emails and calls from their constituents after news broke that Dominic Cummings, the special adviser to Boris Johnson, made a 500-mile round trip during the early weeks of the lockdown period.

Meanwhile, Oxfordshire's Tory MPs have been divided on the issue of whether Mr Cummings should stand down following the revelations.

Some have come out in support of him, while others have remained tight lipped.

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Labour MP for Oxford East, Anneliese Dodds said: “I have been inundated with messages from my constituents in Oxford East who have been appalled both by Cummings' behaviour but also the support he has received from Conservative ministers.

"This included many people informing me about how they themselves had become ill with coronavirus and how they struggled to continue to look after their children at home, despite severe illness, adhering to the lockdown rules.

"They could be forgiven for asking themselves if there is one rule for the prime minister’s closest adviser, another for the rest of us."

Ms Dodds, the shadow chancellor, added: “The fact that Cummings has not resigned suggests that the lockdown rules can be subject to interpretation.

"Not only does the Conservative government need to deal with Cummings, it also needs to be clear that people who suspect they have coronavirus, and those who live with them, must stay at home."

Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon Layla Moran said: "I've had hundreds of emails from local residents, rightly angry about Dominic Cummings' behaviour.

"His statement yesterday raised more questions than answers, and it has done little to change people's minds.

"People are making heartbreaking sacrifices every day during this crisis; it cannot be one rule for senior government officials and one rule for everyone else.

She added: "Once we are through this crisis, there must be an independent inquiry into the Government’s actions, in defending Dominic Cummings and on testing delays, lack of PPE and the crisis in care homes.

"In the meantime, I fully support cross-party efforts to urge the Prime Minister to think twice about keeping Dominic Cummings on staff."

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Conservative Witney MP Robert Courts has fiercely defended Mr Cummings in recent days.

Henley MP MP John Howell told one constituent he would not act as 'judge, jury and executioner' over the actions of the Prime Minister's chief aide.

Banbury MP Victoria Prentis and Wantage MP David Johnston have remained silent on Mr Cummings actions.

Both were contacted for comment.

On Twitter, Ms Prentis tweeted her support for English Tourism Week today.

Author and former doctor Adam Kay responded to her tweet, encouraging the MP to respond to an email he had sent her about Mr Cummings.

Mr Kay wrote: "Oh, you're here! Hope you had a good weekend. I'm one of your constituents - would you mind replying to my email about Dominic Cummings?"

There was no reply from the MP.