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Source: Labour List UK

Keir Starmer is set to hold his first live televised press conference as leader of the Labour Party this afternoon, when he will discuss the latest news of the coronavirus pandemic and the government’s response.

The Labour leader will address the public from London at 5pm today in response to the Prime Minister’s own appearance on Monday. He will take questions from the media via video link.

The televised appearance follows news that government ministers ignored advice from experts in the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) to impose a three-week ‘circuit break’ national lockdown to stop the spread of the virus.

The opposition leader addressed the public with a televised, pre-recorded statement last month, in which the Labour leader told viewers that “we need a ‘Plan B’ for the economy” alongside then newly announced Covid restrictions.

He used the opportunity to make the case for greater financial support for sectors across the UK, arguing that “it makes no sense to bring in new restrictions at the same time as phasing out support for jobs and businesses.

Starmer became the first leader of the opposition to hold a regular phone-in session on the radio in June. He joins the LBC Nick Ferrari at Breakfast show for a monthly ‘Call Keir’ half-hour slot. His most recent session took place on Monday.

Downing Street recently announced that it would be holding daily press televised briefings starting next month. The Prime Minister has appointed former journalist Allegra Stratton as its new press secretary to lead the conferences.

MIL OSI United Kingdom