Proper plans needed if we’re to have a near normal Christmas says Liberal Democrats Leader – stop the dithering call to Prime Minister

November 2, 2020 11:21 AM

Ed Davey"If there is to be any chance of a near normal Christmas for families and a recovery in the new year for businesses, we need a coherent plan now. That includes common guidelines agreed by the four governments of the UK and a strategy for fixing the test, trace and isolate system," Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey MP said following the Prime Minister's announcement that England will go into a second national lockdown until 2 December.

"Yet again, Boris Johnson dithered, delayed, and ignored expert advice. He was too slow in March and too slow again now, and his failure to lead has cost lives and jobs.

"People across our country have sacrificed so much, waiting for Ministers to act and keep our families safe. Instead, the Government asks even more despite failing to deliver an effective test, trace and isolate system.

"The priority must be keeping people safe and ensuring no one is left behind. We need a real plan in place to protect jobs, businesses and the self-employed, not least an immediate u-turn on ending furlough. Unlike before, carers and care home residents must be properly looked after.