Keir Starmer has declared that the government has been “treating local communities, particularly in the Midlands, North West and North East, and their leaders with contempt” in the coronavirus pandemic.
In one of his ‘Call Keir’ sessions on LBC radio this morning, the Labour leader discussed the government’s response to Covid as well as his own party’s position on measures introduced to combat the spread of the virus.
Starmer reaffirmed to listeners that his party will not vote against the hospitality curfew, that he supports the ‘rule of six’ despite Labour abstaining in a vote in parliament, and called on the government to listen to local leaders.
The Labour leader said this morning: “It is a major mistake from the government to have done everything from Whitehall and not worked with local leaders on this.”
Starmer argued that, so far in the pandemic, restrictions and other Covid measures have “been done to people, particularly in the North, not with them” and told listeners that this is the “wrong approach”.