Keir Starmer has announced that the Labour Party will not oppose the 10pm Covid curfew introduced by the government to curb the spread of the virus in the pandemic ahead of a vote on the measure in parliament.
In an interview with Sky News this afternoon, the Labour leader told viewers that there is “growing concern about the 10pm curfew” and added that there needs to be reform of the restriction to hospitality business opening hours.
But Starmer argued: “The problem with the vote next week is it’s an up down, take it or leave it vote – and if you vote down the current arrangements there won’t be any restrictions in place.
“That’s not what we want so we won’t be voting down the restrictions in place. But we do say to the government – reform the 10pm review, show us the evidence, do it in a much smarter way.”
The Labour leader highlighted problems reported in recent weeks since the curfew was introduced, including that hospitality customers have been gathering together in large numbers outside pubs and bars after the early closing time.