Tuesday 18 May 2021 / 10:42 PM Coronavirus / Jonathan Ashworth

Labour tables motion to require Government to publish lessons learned from the pandemic to protect June 21 unlocking

In the final debate on the Queen’s Speech, Labour have tabled a humble address calling on the Government to publish their internal review of the handling of the pandemic, to ensure lessons can be implemented in the race against the Indian variant.

Opening the debate, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth will say that without a proper plan to control the spread of the variant, the June 21 unlocking will be unachievable. He will say that surge vaccinations, proper sick pay and support to self-isolate and ventilation are all key to bringing infections down.

He will say that it is crucial that Ministers are transparent about the mistakes made in earlier waves of the crisis and call on Ministers to publish and implement the findings of their internal review as part of a proper plan to control the variant’s spread.

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary said:

“Learning the lessons of the past year is crucial to our success of containing the Indian variant.

“Boris Johnson promised us an irreversible roadmap to normality. With the spread of the B1617.2 variant threatening to hold us back we need urgent action from Ministers to contain this variant.

“That starts with surge vaccination in hot spot areas for all; surge testing backed up by sick pay and support for isolation and ventilation help for building and premises. Ministers must do all they can now to meet their June 21 target.”