Ilford South representative Sam Tarry has gone above and beyond Labour Party policy today by writing to Matt Hancock with the demand that the government implement a two-week ‘circuit-breaker” lockdown in London.
The 2019 intake MP has warned that the government “must act decisively to stop any further escalation of the infection rates in London” and highlighted that “partial” lockdown measures elsewhere have not driven down infection rates.
Noting that Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities are particularly hard-hit by Covid, Tarry said: “BAME communities form a significant part of the vibrant tapestry of my constituency and this country. We simply cannot afford to let them down again.”
Labour London mayor Sadiq Khan has expressed support for further restrictions, and told Sky News this afternoon that he is keen for any measures to be applied across the city, as opposed to individual boroughs.
Khan has also described it as “inevitable” that London will “have passed a trigger point” in the next few days and can soon be expected to be put into Tier 2 lockdown restrictions following a rise in Covid-19 cases in the city.