Keir Starmer urges government to make public knowledge its COVID19 lockdown exit strategy
In a letter to foreign secretary and acting first minister of state, Dominic Raab, Labour leader Keir Starmer said he would support the pending government decision to extend lockdown.
Starmer went on to say that the meetings held by Raab on the extension should not be the focus of the extension as it appears a given but should focus on:
- 'What the government's position is on how and when it can be eased in due course and on what criteria that decision will be taken '.
- Getting an exit strategy published in time for Parliament to scrutinise after the Easter break.
- Identifying public services and core economic sectors that are most likely to see restrictions eased.
The Labour leader emphasised that the government has a duty to carry the British public alongside their plans.
According to the Labour leader the public have gone above and beyond expectations in their willingness to comply with the lockdown and in appreciation of this the government should be 'open and transparent' about when lockdown will end.
'To maintain morale and hope, people need a sense of what comes next' he said.
Calls were also made in the letter for a comprehensive national vaccine programme to be prepared if vaccination is a government priority.