Keir Starmer criticises Johnson’s lockdown end announcement
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Labour Party leader Keir Starmer has been savaged for questioning Boris Johnson’s decision to lift most coronavirus lockdown rules from July 19. Sir Keir told Sky News’ political correspondent Sophy Ridge the Prime Minister had made the decision to greatly ease restrictions before he had “seen the data.” However, Ms Ridge pointed out that the Leader of the Opposition himself had also not seen the latest data on the virus but was still arguing the unlocking was too early.
Sir Keir told Sky News: “He says ‘if not now’ when he hasn’t seen the data yet, he’s not getting the data till the end of the week.
“If you can believe it he is making this announcement now.
“He hasn’t got the data, he is describing what he wants to happen not what he can say is going to happen because he hasn’t seen the data.
“That is no way to make a decision as important as this and common sense dictates that you take a balanced approach here.
“And don’t throw off all protections at the same time.”
“If you don’t mind me just saying,” interrupted Sky News presenter Ms Ridge.
“You are saying he hasn’t seen the data and therefore cannot make this decision.
“But then neither have you and you are saying it is still too early to lift all these restrictions.”
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