Mr Russell has said: “I understand the strength of feeling regarding Mr Cummings and I am glad he has spoken to clarify the situation.
“Local residents can rest assured I am relaying all feedback I am receiving to ministers and senior party officials in strong terms.
“I want to assure all Watford residents that as their Member of Parliament, I have personally followed the guidance throughout and have only left home within the rules and to volunteer locally.
“I know people across Watford have really come together throughout this crisis and I thank you all.”
The Watford MP added: “My job is to get results for Watford and this weekend my focus has been on the announcement of the funding for the Abbey Flyer review this weekend, which a great win for commuters.”