Today, Parliament will vote on the new tiered lockdown system. I want to thank everyone who has contacted me to share their views on this.
Coronavirus remains a serious threat to the public’s health and that’s why Labour accept the need for continued restrictions. We will always act in the national interest, so I will not vote against these restrictions in Parliament today.
However, I remain deeply concerned that Boris Johnson’s Government has failed to use this latest lockdown to put a credible health and economic plan in place.
We still don’t have a functioning testing system, public health messaging is confused, and businesses across the country are crying out for more effective economic support to get them through the winter months. It is short-term Government incompetence that is causing long-term damage to the British economy.
It is imperative that the Government gets control of the virus so that our NHS can be protected and our economy recovers faster.