Monday 1 March 2021 / 11:15 AM Nick Thomas-Symonds

Shadow Home Secretary demands answers as Brazil strain reaches UK

The Shadow Home Secretary, Nick Thomas Symonds MP, in a letter to the Home Secretary, has today called for urgent answers to better understand what risk the British public has been placed under, as a result of the failed quarantine system, which has allowed the Brazilian strain to reach the UK.

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, said:

“This is unforgivable incompetence from the UK Government. Despite being warned time and time again, they have failed to act to protect our borders against emerging Covid variants and could put at risk the gains from the vaccine.

“People will be appalled to hear someone with the Brazilian variant cannot be identified, raising questions about how many others may have been missed by quarantine measures. There is no excuse for continuing to ignore Labour’s call for a comprehensive hotel quarantine system.”