Keir Starmer forced into isolation as Labour leader catches Covid – will MISS Budget

In another huge blow to the Opposition leader, he will be unable to respond to the spending statement made by Rishi Sunak. The speech was Sir Keir’s chance to set out Labour’s plan for the economy and what it would do differently to the Government.

Pressure has been mounting on the Holborn and St Pancras MP over his performance in the top role.

He has been accused of failing to set out an alternative to the Conservatives and of being opportunistic in his lines of attack.

Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves will step in to give the Opposition’s reaction to the Budget in Sir Keir’s place.

Meanwhile, shadow business secretary Ed Miliband stood in for Sir Keir Starmer at Prime Minister’s Questions.

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The Labour leader has been forced to isolate due to close contact to a positive Covid case on three occasions before.

This is the first time he has been required to quarantine due to catching the virus himself.

Sir Keir has received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine.

The Opposition leader was still preparing to give Labour’s response to the Budget as late as this morning.

In anticipation of the Chancellor’s statement, he wrote on social media: “Today’s Budget must create a more resilient economy and take the pressure off working people.

“Labour would grow our economy, with our plan to buy, make and sell more in Britain, and our Climate Investment Pledge to create the jobs of the future.”

Mr Sunak has promised his Budget will reflect “a new age of optimism” for the UK.

He is expected to say: “Today’s Budget begins the work of preparing for a new economy post-Covid.

“An economy of higher wages, higher skills, and rising productivity, of strong public services, vibrant communities and safer streets.

“An economy fit for a new age of optimism.

“That is the stronger economy of the future.”

Sir Keir’s infection comes after a noticeable increase in new cases across the country in recent weeks.

Yesterday there were 40,954 new cases of the virus.

With fears of a resurgence, the House of Commons has ordered everyone to wear face coverings while on the parliamentary estate.

MPs however are exempt from the rules.

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