Starmer reveals Christmas card, paying tribute to carers and key workers
Keir Starmer has today revealed his Christmas card, picturing him clapping for NHS staff, carers and key workers. The photograph shows the Labour leader with his wife Victoria, who works in the NHS, outside their home in London.
The image was taken during the weekly clap for carers and key workers in the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Describing the moment as one of “huge national solidarity,” Starmer today reiterated his thanks to all those at the forefront of the fight against the virus.
With many key workers set to make further sacrifices to keep the country going this Christmas, Labour will continue its campaign against the Government’s proposed pay freeze for millions of public sector workers. Labour analysis has revealed the pay freeze will hit hundreds of thousands of police officers and firefighters who have taken on additional duties during the pandemic, and which will continue over Christmas.
Labour, alongside Labour Unions, has called for the Government to set a real Living Wage of £10 per hour as figures showed many frontline workers are still paid below the real living wage. Recent research found that found three-in-four care worker roles in England are paid below the real Living Wage.
Labour has also called for a “comprehensive national action plan” for rolling out a coronavirus vaccine as swiftly as possible, ensuring care workers and NHS staff are protected from the virus.
Keir Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party said:
“The clap for carers was a moment of huge national solidarity, and we continue to owe our carers and key workers a huge debt of gratitude. Their courage and dedication in the face of this virus has been truly incredible.
“This Christmas, carers and emergency workers, alongside our Armed Forces and other key workers, will step up yet again. They will sacrifice precious time with their families to keep us safe.
“We must repay them, not just with our gratitude, but by fighting for fair pay and conditions for all those who have given so much to help our country through this pandemic.”