Boris Johnson is facing a revolt within his own party as MPs across the political spectrum condemn the prime minister and his chief adviser Dominic Cummings.

However many MPs, including Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden, have backed Mr Cummings despite the backlash.

But so far, 15 Conservative MPs have called for Mr Cummings to resign, following Mr Johnson's defence on Sunday (May 24).

Mr Cummings travelled to County Durham in March to self-isolate with his family while official guidelines warned against long-distance journeys, apparently because he feared that he and his wife would be left unable to care for their son. Further reports also suggested he took a second trip to the North East in April.

Mr Johnson fronted Downing Street's coronavirus briefing to back Mr Cummings, saying he had "acted responsibly, legally and with integrity" and that "any parent would frankly understand what he did".

Many from the Conservative party have shared their discomfort with the handling of the Mr Cummings situation including former minister Paul Maynard and Senior Tory MP Simon Hoare.

Mr Hoare told the Daily Mail: "The PM's performance posed more questions than it answered. Any residual hope that this might die away in the next 24 hours is lost."

Somerton and Frome MP David Warburton said Mr Cummings was "damaging the Government and the country that he's supposed to be serving".

Speaking on BBC Breakfast on Monday morning, he said his own father had died alone as a result of the coronavirus lockdown.

He said: "People have made sacrifices, this is a difficult time, this is a time of national crisis.

"In those sacrifices there really hasn't been the choice to use instinct.

"Instinct hasn't really been part of it.

"We've been tasked with following regulations laid down by the Government."

When the reports first broke of Mr Cummings breaking lockdown restrictions, the Hertsmere MP denied the claims and said: “Dom Cummings followed the guidelines and looked after his family. End of story.”

Watford MP Dean Russell has been contacted for his response to the situation.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted Mr Johnson had failed a test of leadership, saying his decision to take no action against Mr Cummings was "an insult to sacrifices made by the British people".

Labour MP Paul Blomfield echoed his leader, saying Mr Johnson had "treated the British people with contempt".

While Mr Johnson shared his support for Mr Cummings yesterday, discussion and scrutiny for the events continues.