Greater Manchester Liberal Democrats call foul on the Government’s snap Covid-19 announcements

Borough news, Parliamentary news
Liberal Democrat Leaders from across Greater Manchester have heavily criticised last night's shambolic announcement to impose social restrictions across the 10 Boroughs in the region in response to a rise in Covid-19 cases. Councillor Howard Sykes MBE, Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Oldham Council, said: "It would appear that the Johnson administration with its focus on the South-East doesn't have a handle on what's going on in the North.” “As well as sending mixed messages encouraging people to use restaurants and pubs by offering them discounted meals next week, people are feeling scared by confusing messaging about not being able to meet in their own gardens, but a pub beer garden is ok." Councillor Sykes also has real concerns about the timing of…
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Irresponsible for Government to change social distancing at schools

Parliamentary news
Responding to reports that social distancing rules will be relaxed as part of plans to get all pupils back to school in September, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Layla Moran said: “We all want to be able to have pupils back at school in order to give them the education they need, but not until it is made safe. "However, it is irresponsible for the Government to announce a change of tact on social distancing when they don't know what the R rate will be in September.  “Ministers must give reassurances that they will not rush through a decision which could see weaker safety measures in schools than in any other public spaces.  “If the Government want people to have confidence that this is the right decision, they must publish the…
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