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    ​Journalists have been staking out Cummings' house in Islington, north London, since his controversial trip to Durham in March 2020 and his untimely departure from Downing Street in November of the same year.

    A top political hack has claimed that the media's "witch-hunt" against Dominic Cummings is "what our job is all about".

    Daily Mirror Political Editor Pippa Crear tweeted details of the former special advisor to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's comments to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on Wednesday.

    She appeared to accepted Cummings' explanation that his controversial 260-mile drive to stay at a holiday cottage on his parent's farm in Durham in March 2020 — during the first coronavirus lockdown — was not made just to convalesce from the illness, but in response to threats to his family's lives.

    He told the committee that his wife told him one day in February there was a gang outside their home "saying they're going to break into the house and kill everybody inside".

    ​But Crear took umbrage at Cummings' description of the media feeding frenzy around him as a "witch-hunt", insisting that was "our job".

    ​Journalists have been staking out Cummings' house in Islington, north London, since his Durham trip and his departure from Downing Street last November


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