Boris Johnson has ruled out an inquiry into the conduct of his top adviser at the height of lockdown, insisting it was time to “move on” from the row.
Dominic Cummings is accused of breaking lockdown rules by travelling from London to County Durham.
The prime minister rejected claims he had damaged his own authority and the government’s coronavirus message by not sacking Mr Cummings.
He said the public had had enough of the “political ding dong” over it.
Around 40 Tory MPs have called for Mr Cummings to resign or be fired after his 260-mile journey came to light.