Lib Dems: Local lockdowns by stealth are completely irresponsible

Responding to the news that local lockdowns have been introduced by “stealth” Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Munira Wilson MP said:

Changing policy by stealth is completely irresponsible. Matt Hancock should have made clear the changes he was making to guidance in advance and communicated it to the public and local officials. He needs to make clear the situation immediately to Parliament.

Clarification on the new rules in these areas is now needed, not only for residents but for those that would normally travel to the affected areas. People cross these invisible boundaries every day for medical appointments or to go shopping. The Government urgently need to make it clear whether they should avoid travelling to or through these areas and under what circumstances this is now permitted.

It is now critical that the thousands of key workers that travel to these areas everyday, but live elsewhere, should be made eligible for vaccination. Surge vaccination in these areas for residents is key to slowing the spread of the virus but to slow it further it must be extended to anyone who works there too.

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6 Comments

  • Lorenzo Cherin 25th May '21 - 3:34pm

    Munira is eloquent, though my view is the party needs to say far more.

    Johnson is a disgrace on borders, and no love for travel or so called freedom, can support the absurd open borders, list system. Even the very sluggish Labour opposition leader who does little to oppose, has got the message after ages!

    We ought to shut all borders until or unless the variant is quashed, and only allow essential travel. Then quarantine for all travel to all nations.

    The open pubs, bars, clubs, is another disaster.

    New zealand, Australia, are very similar to us. But a world away in their sense, one led from centre left. and the other centre right.

    Much to learn…

  • Lorenzo Cherin 25th May ’21 – 3:34pm…..

    I completely agree..I listened both to the questions from Labour’s front bench and from local MPs; the government respose was deliberately evasive,,It seems that local MPs and the mayor, let alone local businessess, learned belatedly through the internet of the changes that will affect local recreation, businessess and travel..

    Not only did this government fail to respond to the failures of the”Exercise Cygnus” dummy run, they have failed to learn anything from the ‘real thing’…

  • Nigel Hunter 25th May '21 - 6:35pm

    Releasing the information late Friday with no wider info published was as if it was a casual indifferent move.Over the weekend few would know to log into govnt websight and would continue on normal routines with people coming from outside the areas and then blame individuals for its spread .It is as if the govnt wants to keep people ignorant of the dangers of passing the virus on to continue it for as long as possible to their benefit.
    I note Good publicity for them just when need.that the bi-election is on the17th, days before restrictions are lifted on the 21st. There was a bit of ‘coinsidential’ electioneering around the locals re Jersey (tax haven) and gunboats.

  • Latest…No local lockdowns..No apologies…OMG this lot couldn’t organise ‘the proverbial’

  • John Marriott 25th May '21 - 7:27pm

    Sheer incompetence. Bless. There’s two more percentage points to the Tories. It’s called ‘failing up’, I believe.

  • John Marriott 25th May ’21 – 7:27pm….. It’s called ‘failing up’, I believe………..

    John, it starts with an ‘f’; but it isn’t ‘failing up’.

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