Source: Labour List UK
Justin Madders has called for transparency from the government on coronavirus restrictions introduced in the pandemic as MPs retrospectively back the ‘rule of six’ by 287 to 17 votes.
Contributing to the debate ahead of the vote in parliament this evening, the shadow health minister said that Labour welcomes the “intention behind the rule of six as a simple, easily understood message”.
But he added: “The timeline of these regulations has been the perfect demonstration of the lack of strategy, lack of transparency and the lack of accountability that has been the hallmark of this government.
“Following media briefings the night before, an announcement was made by the Prime Minister on the rule of six – not to this place, as it should have been… I call that a discourtesy to this place.”
Madders told MPs that as well as showing a lack of respect to parliament, it demonstrated a lack of confidence in the measures being proposed, for scrutiny and for thought on the practicalities of enforcing the new rules.