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Boris Johnson slammed for bike ride seven miles from home despite COVID-19 restrictions Boris Johnson Bashed for 'Hypocrisy' After Alleged Bike Ride Miles From Downing Street Amid Lockdown
Cary Erickson | 13 January, 2021, 18:49

Boris Johnson has been accused of hypocrisy following reports the Prime Minister went cycling seven miles from his home after imposing sweeping Covid restrictions on the UK.

A Downing Street spokesman declined to comment on the matter when asked about it at a Westminster briefing.

Health secretary Matt Hancock will set out further details "in due course", Mr Johnson said.

However, Labour MP for Hammersmith Andy Slaughter criticised Johnson, saying: 'Once again it is do as I say not as I do from the Prime Minister.

Slaughter recalled that "London has some of the highest infection rates in the country", and stressed that "Boris Johnson should be leading by example".

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She noted that he was "complete with his TfL hat on and a face mask", adding, "alas, I did not have time to ask him my follow up question".

The Prime Minister's spokesperson added: "People are allowed to leave their homes if it's for exercise, not socialising". It is OK to go for a long walk or cycle ride or exercise - but stay local'.

"We have been seeing large groups and that is not acceptable", he said. "If you're [.] genuinely taking exercise and not going out for other goal social purposes, then that seems perfectly reasonable", he pointed out, referring to Johnson's alleged bike ride as a once a day exercise. "If there are too many people breaking this rule then we are going to have to look at it".

Downing Street confirmed this week that leaving the house to sit on a park bench or elsewhere is banned under new Covid rules. "Every time you think 'should I do that, should I go out for this reason?'".

The country has been one of the hardest hit globally by the pandemic, with more than 83,000 people losing their lives after testing positive for the virus.