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The Labour Party has been fending off accusations of “political opportunism” as Sir Keir Starmer repeatedly criticised Boris Johnson’s coronavirus strategy. The Prime Minister personally shut down the Labour leader after once again being challenged about the newly-imposed three-tier coronavirus restrictions. Mr Johnson said: “Everybody can see what he’s doing. Labour have said it themselves.
“They see this as a good crisis for the Labour Party and one they wish to exploit. We see this as a national crisis that we’re going to turn around.
“And the way we’re going to do it – and I rule out nothing in combating the virus.
“We’re going to do it with the local, the regional approach that can drive down, and will drive down the virus, if it is properly implemented.”
Mr Johnson added: “That is what he should be supporting. He said he’d support it on Monday, this is our opportunity to keep things going, to keep our kids in school, to keep businesses going.
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“This is what I think people want us to do. This is our opportunity to do that and to suppress the virus where it is surging. He is refusing to accept that approach today.”
Sir Keir however dismissed the accusation and insisted the Labour Party has consistently supported the Government in its fight against the coronavirus.
He however insisted Mr Johnson should be following advice from SAGE calling for a three-week “circuit breaker” lockdown to help curb the infection rate across England.
The Labour leader said: “I’ve supported the Government and all their measures so far.
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“And I’ve taken criticism on it but I think this measure is wrong and a circuit breaker is in the national interest.
“I’ve read the advice of SAGE and the Government has rejected it. We’re at a tipping point, time is running out.
“Maybe he could seize the moment and answer a question. This morning the Telegraph quotes senior Government sources saying the chances of the Prime Minister backing a circuit breaker in the next two weeks are about 80 percent. Is that right?
“And if it is, why doesn’t he do it now, save lives, fix testing, and protect the NHS?”
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