Wednesday 31 March 2021 / 4:29 PM Anneliese Dodds

Labour responds to Chancellor’s admission he opposed a circuit breaker last autumn

Anneliese Dodds MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, reacting to the Chancellor’s admission he opposed a circuit breaker last autumn, said:

“This is an astonishing confession by the Chancellor. We have it in black and white: he rejected scientific advice on the need for a circuit breaker to control the virus and save lives – and he’s trying to pin the blame on the Prime Minister.

“From failing to support self-isolation and provide decent sick pay, to ordering workers back to the office early and forcing a delay to the autumn lockdown, the Chancellor has called this crisis wrong at every turn. That’s one reason why we have the worst economic crisis of any major economy.”