Saturday 21 March 2020 / 4:25 PM Coronavirus / Luke Pollard

Luke Pollard responds to the government’s statement about food supplies and panic-buying

Luke Pollard MP, Labour’s Shadow Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary, commenting on the government’s statement about food supplies and panic-buying, said:

“The government has been too slow and too quiet on reassuring people that there will be enough food and supplies, and this has contributed to panic-buying and vulnerable people and key workers missing out.

“We are working constructively with the government but its communication on this crucial issue has not been good enough.

“We need more leadership from Boris Johnson. We are calling for the government to use a largescale public advertising campaign to amplify public health advice, tackle misinformation and provide assurances about food security.

“Too often during this crisis the government has been behind the curve and behind other countries. We need plans that will be suitable for the weeks to come, not the week we have just been through.”