Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has called for a two to three week “circuit breaker” national lockdown across England.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Starmer cited SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) advice that a circuit breaker could set back the virus by 28 days.
He said of Boris Johnson: “There’s no longer time to give this prime minister the benefit of the doubt.”
It comes a day after Johnson introduced the three-tier local lockdown system for England.
Six months in to his leadership of the party, the press conference was a marked changed in approach from Starmer.
Since taking over from Jeremy Corbyn at the peak of the first wave of the pandemic, Starmer has largely kept to an approach of providing “constructive opposition”.
However, his approach has become increasingly combative in recent weeks. This was evident on Monday, after Johnson introduced the three-tier local lockdown system for England, with Starmer declaring Johnson lost control of the virus “long ago” and is losing public confidence.
Last week, Yahoo News UK spoke to Labour MPs for their thoughts on Starmer’s performance as leader so far.
While one, Meg Hillier, said he is the “man of the moment” after completely closing the gap with Johnson’s Conservatives in the opinion polls, another, Richard Burgon, warned he needs to do far more.
“We can’t just critique [Johnson’s government] on competence, we need to distinguish their values from our values. I don’t think we’ll be able to win a general election on the question of competence alone.”
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