Wednesday 17 February 2021 / 8:08 PM Jonathan Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth responds to leaked report showing England’s poorest areas hit by Covid ‘perfect storm’

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to a leaked Government report that shows “stubbornly high” coronavirus rates in England’s most deprived communities, said:

“This leaked official analysis confirm our repeated warnings – Ministers will fail to curtail the spread of this deadly virus without fixing sick pay and isolation support.

“It’s simply disgraceful that people in areas like Leicester are left at risk of serious illness with potentially tragic consequences thanks to years of austerity and lack of self-isolation help.

“Boris Johnson’s rhetoric is again exposed as cruelly hollow, and the Conservatives will never tackle the inequalities they have caused.”