A SENIOR Welsh minister has said he would have quit his position had he been caught in a similar row to that of Dominic Cummings.

In a press conference on Sunday, Mr Cummings – Boris Johnson’s chief adviser – defended a 260-mile trip from London to the north-east of England he made with his family during lockdown, explaining that he believes he behaved “reasonably”.

Health Minister Vaughan Gething told BBC Radio Wales: "If it was me, and say my mum lived in Barmouth and I had driven from just outside Cardiff to Barmouth, because I was worried about my son, and I'd stayed on the edge of her property to do so.

"I don't think I'd have lasted the end of the day once that story had broken."

Asked if he would have resigned, Mr Gething said: "I think I've have had to, or the First Minister would have told me that my time was up anyway - because I think for a minister, I don't see how I could possibly have stayed in office."

Mr Gething said he has "real sympathy" for lots of other families who have made difficult choices to follow the rules.

He said: "That's the problem here, isn't it?

"I can look anybody in the eye and say my family followed the rules.

"I would have liked to have seen people, I would have liked to have travelled further to see other family and friends but I haven't and other people haven't."