Keir Starmer has demanded that the Prime Minister urgently convene an emergency COBRA meeting to review the current plans to relax the coronavirus restrictions over the Christmas period.
In a letter sent to Boris Johnson this afternoon, the Labour leader wrote that it has “become increasingly clear over recent days that the tier system you introduced two weeks ago has failed to control transmission of Covid-19”.
Starmer added: “I understand that people want to spend time with their families after this awful year, but the situation has clearly taken a turn for the worse since the decision about Christmas was taken.
“It serves no-one for politicians to ignore this fact. It is my view that you should now convene COBRA in the next 24 hours to review whether the current relaxation is appropriate given the rising number of cases.”
The Labour leader also told the Prime Minister that he would have the Labour Party’s full support “if you conclude with government scientists that we need to take tougher action to keep people safe over Christmas”.