Leading left figures, including three who predicted the current situation in London, have called for an emergency recall of Parliament in an effort to get ahead of the pandemic instead of the current ‘chasing the tail’ failures of the Tory government.
Claudia Webbe MP, Apsana Begum MP and ‘No Holding Back‘ trio Laura Smith, Ian Lavery MP and Jon Trickett MP have all demanded that MPs return to Parliament from recess in order to deal with the re-escalating coronavirus crisis. Smith, Trickett and Lavery have issued a public statement this morning:
Recall Parliament to tackle Coronavirus Emergency
We wish to make the following statement regarding the decision that London and the South East have been placed under tier 4 restrictions. It gives us zero comfort to say that 20 days ago we called for tougher restrictions to be introduced for London. Our report warned that infection levels and CV19 hospitalisations in London were rising rapidly and in many cases faster than the North of England.
It is clear to us that the government are chasing the tail of this virus. We must get ahead of the curve if we are to crush it. We demand an emergency recall of Parliament to debate a uniform approach for the UK until it is clear to medical experts that we have this virus under control. The tier system has failed.
Coronavirus cannot read maps. The government’s insistence on a postcode lottery approach to combatting CV19 is placing us all in harm’s way. It is wrong for Boris Johnson to insist MPs to break for a holiday at this time of national crisis.
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