Lib Dems call for Coronavirus honours list

The Liberal Democrats are urging the Prime Minister to establish a coronavirus honours list to formally recognise and pay tribute to those who have “gone above and beyond” to serve their communities through the current crisis.

In a letter to the Prime Minister from Jamie Stone, Liberal Democrat Defence spokesperson, the party urges the Government to consider the introduction of the additional honours round, alongside an independent review of the salaries paid to those working on on the frontlines of the crisis.  

The Liberal Democrats have also proposed a Frontline Support Package to give frontline workers the support they need and recognition they deserve. The package includes urgent provision for PPE, practical help for frontline workers, and an additional service payment for each day on the frontline. 

Jamie Stone, Liberal Democrat MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, said: “Through the COVID-19 disaster we have seen incredible displays of community spirit, charitable enterprise and heartwarming kindness from vast numbers of volunteers. The special efforts of people right across the country have helped thousands in dire need, especially those who are isolated or particularly vulnerable.

Jamie Stone

“Meanwhile, frontline staff in our NHS and care sectors, not to mention myriad of essential workers, have worked tirelessly, putting their own health on the line, to help combat this virus and protect vital supplies of food and other essentials. This work could not be more important.

“We must recognise and pay tribute to those who have gone above and beyond during this crisis, whether as volunteers or in their line of work. Their efforts to support others have helped to keep the UK on its feet at this dreadful time. The Government must ensure that those working right across our essential services are paid a decent wage that reflects the value of their contribution to our society and economy.

“That is why I have written to the PM asking for an independent review of salaries and the possibility of establishing a coronavirus honours list, where the efforts of many of our community champions and frontline staff can be formally recognised and paid tribute to. This is another small way we can enable communities to show their appreciation to those who are making enormous personal sacrifices to help others at this terrible time.”

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