Boris Johnson goes cycling 7 miles from No10 as Govt tells Brits to ‘stay local’

Boris Johnson was spotted cycling seven miles from No10 as his ministers ordered ordinary Brits to “stay local”.

The PM was seen trundling round London’s Olympic Park wearing a mask and a Transport for London hat.

It came as Health Secretary Matt Hancock backed police for fining two women from Derbyshire £200 each for driving five miles from their homes to meet and walk at a local beauty spot.

However, Jessica Allen and Eliza Moore today had their fines overturned.

Government guidance states: “You should not travel outside your local area.”

A source said the PM commented on how busy the park in Stratford, east London, was at a meeting that evening.

“He was concerned about people following the rules and was concerned after his cycle ride,’’ the source said.

Mr Hancock insisted: “It is OK to go for a long walk or bike ride seven miles from home. But stay local, not go from one side of the country to another potentially taking the virus with you.”

BoJo has space to exercise closer to home with access to the grounds of Buckingham Palace and No10’s gardens.

In the first lockdown, his adviser Dominic Cummings – who has since left the role – explained a rule-breaking drive to Barnard Castle, Co Durham, by saying he was “testing his eyes”.

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Andy Slaughter, Labour MP for Hammersmith, said: “Once again it is do as I say not as I do from the Prime Minister. He should be leading by example.”

Yesterday the PM was forced to justify travelling 100 miles from London to Bristol to visit a new vaccination centre, saying it was “essential” he explained the jab rollout to the public.

He added: “Everybody should be asking themselves whether they need to be leaving home, whether they need to be doing something that could actually end up spreading the disease.”

Downing Street confirmed the PM had gone cycling but declined to comment.

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