Covid inquiry: Bereaved families have already waited far too long

Covid inquiry: Bereaved families have already waited far too long

Parliamentary news
Responding to the Prime Minister finally meeting with bereaved families who lost loved ones to Covid, and announcing the chair of the Covid inquiry will be appointed before Christmas, Ed Davey MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: "Bereaved families have already waited far too long for this inquiry. The Prime Minister promised me last July that he would hold one, but we have seen no progress in over a year. "The Prime Minister must get on with it now, so we can learn the lessons and prevent further unnecessary deaths - no more delays, no more excuses. "It is vital that this inquiry is properly independent and has the full confidence of the bereaved. The Government must consult them in choosing the chair and drafting the terms of reference."
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Liberal Democrats hold Council to promise on findings from national CSE inquiry

Liberal Democrats hold Council to promise on findings from national CSE inquiry

Borough news, CSE, domestic abuse and violence
Oldham Council’s Safeguarding Partnership is working to introduce recommendations from the national Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA), following further work from the Liberal Democrat group on the Council. Having already received a promise from the Council that it would apply any relevant local recommendations into their work, Councillor Sam Al-Hamdani went through the last two IICSA reports in detail to identify those that applied, and demanded a detailed response from the Council on how they were being implemented. Those recommendations have now been taken to Oldham’s Safeguarding Partnership by the Managing Director of the Children & Young People team, who will then be reporting back on what specific actions are being taken. Councillor Al-Hamdani said: “We worked hard to ensure that the Council made that commitment, but we…
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Davey: Appoint inquiry Chair within days

Davey: Appoint inquiry Chair within days

Parliamentary news
Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey has written to the Prime Minister urging him to bring forward a public inquiry into the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Davey first called for a full inquiry into the Government's actions during the pandemic last year in April 2020. The Prime Minister, who has promised the Liberal Democrats an inquiry at multiple points in the chamber, has recently confirmed a full inquiry will take place in this session of Parliament in Spring 2022. With serious allegations made by the Prime Minister's former chief advisor yesterday, the urgent need for an inquiry now has been reiterated. Davey says in the letter that "the chair and any further members of the panel should be appointed within days".
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Davey: End sparring with Cummings and set up inquiry

Davey: End sparring with Cummings and set up inquiry

Parliamentary news
Responding to Dominic Cummings' evidence to the Science and Technology Committee and Health and Social Care Committee this morning, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said: "If Geoffrey Howe took a cricket bat to Thatcher’s Government, then Dominic Cummings has just taken a wrecking ball to Johnson’s. His allegations against the Prime Minister and Health Secretary are damning. “While the circus around the fallout between the Prime Minister and his closest advisor continues, the public are only interested in one thing: the truth. “It is clear that we are not going to get it through a WhatsApp briefing war or a public tit for tat between Johnson and Cummings. The only way to get to the truth is through a full independent public inquiry. We need one now. “Bereaved families deserve…
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COVID-19 Inquiry: Government confirms date 13 months after Lib Dems called for Inquiry

COVID-19 Inquiry: Government confirms date 13 months after Lib Dems called for Inquiry

Parliamentary news
The Prime Minister has today confirmed an inquiry into their actions during the Coronavirus pandemic under the powers of the Inquiries Act 2005. This comes after Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey first called for a full inquiry into the Government's actions during the pandemic 13 months ago in April 2020 The Prime Minister, who has promised the Liberal Democrats an inquiry at multiple points, has now confirmed a full inquiry will take place in this session of Parliament on Spring 2022. Responding to the Prime Minister's Statement, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said: “From the failed test, trace and isolate system to the crisis in our care homes Boris Johnson and his Government have no end of questions to answer so I welcome this inquiry in spite of it being…
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Davey: PM must keep Covid inquiry promise

Davey: PM must keep Covid inquiry promise

Parliamentary news
Today the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey, has been told by the Prime Minister that there will be an independent inquiry into the Government’s handling of the Covid crisis in this parliamentary session. Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said: “It is welcome that the Prime Minister has confirmed he will begin a Covid inquiry in this parliamentary session. It is absolutely crucial he sees this promise through: it must be a full and independent inquiry. “Whether it is the crisis in our care homes, the failure to attend early critical Covid meetings by the Prime Minister or his late decisions to go into lockdown, this Government must be answerable for their mistakes so lessons can be learnt. “The bereaved families in our country deserve justice and…
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COVID-19 report highlights need for independent public inquiry

COVID-19 report highlights need for independent public inquiry

Parliamentary news
Responding to the release of the 'Assessing England’s response to COVID-19' report by the King’s Fund, Liberal Democrat Health and Social Care Spokesperson Munira Wilson MP said: “This report plainly lays out the need and the framework for an independent public inquiry into the Government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. “It has become increasingly clear over the last year that the Government was poorly prepared for a pandemic and slow to act when it hit. Its shady approach to procuring PPE and its failure to implement a robust test, trace and isolate system have exacerbated this crisis. “The Liberal Democrats were successful in getting the Prime Minister to commit to holding an inquiry and we believe he should not delay in carrying it out. The country needs to know what…
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Boris Johnson running scared of a public inquiry

Boris Johnson running scared of a public inquiry

Parliamentary news
Responding to the Prime Minister's latest COVID 19 press conference, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey MP said: “Boris Johnson says there will come a time to learn the lessons of the pandemic, but the public will rightly ask, if not now, then when? “The best time to learn lessons and prevent the most deaths is today. The Prime Minister can’t tell us exactly when schools will return safely, can't tell us when most of the country will be offered a vaccine and can't tell us when the current lockdown will end. What would make us think that he has any idea of when this pandemic will be over? "The Prime Minister’s insistence that there will be some definitive end point to the pandemic just isn’t borne out by…
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We must have a public inquiry now – Ed Davey

We must have a public inquiry now – Ed Davey

Parliamentary news
Responding the Prime Minister's press conference as 100,000 people have been lost to COVID-19, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey MP said: “Waiting for the end of this pandemic to hold a public inquiry leaves the country destined to fight yesterday’s battles. Lessons learnt after the event will come too late for thousands in our country who will lose loved ones in the coming months. They will also come too late for thousands more who will suffer the after effects of this virus such as long COVID. Liberal Democrats first called for a public inquiry six months ago: it was the right action to take then and that is even more true today. "If the loss of 100,000 people in this country is not a good enough reason to…
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Government must stop gambling with the lives of British public

Government must stop gambling with the lives of British public

Parliamentary news
Responding to the Prime Minister's COVID-19 press conference, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Munira Wilson MP said: “This new scientific evidence is sobering and shows why everyone needs to continue in their efforts to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. We can never say ‘thank you’ often enough to the amazing front line staff who are doing so much to tackle this virus. “This new evidence means it is now so important that we learn the lessons of the pandemic as quickly as possible to ensure that the Government gets the best solution to our problems and as often as possible, gets them right first time. That is why the public inquiry the Government promised needs to start now. The science says getting things wrong will now be…
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