Starmer hits out at government’s conflicting messaging on lockdown easing
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has attacked the Government for having its messaging “all over the place” as the coronavirus lockdown in England is relaxed.
Keir said that the easing of restrictions was a massive test for the Government as outlets like pubs, restaurants, and hairdressers reopened.
But he said the Government had sent out conflicting signals.
Keir told TimesRadio: “The messaging has been all over the place.
“You have had some Government messaging saying go out and have a drink, other messaging saying be responsible, be cautious – the messaging, I think, has been very poor over the last few weeks.
“Today is a massive day, and it is a real test.
“We have supported the easing of restrictions and we have supported the Government on that.
“But, we have been very mindful of the risks, so we are saying be very cautious the virus hasn’t gone away.
“My message, really, to the Government is, this is a big test for you.
“We are supporting you in easing restrictions, but you absolutely have to be on top of the risks.
“And that means that things like test, track and trace really have to work. And there has to be a much better way of dealing with local outbreaks.”
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