Keir Starmer 'playing political game' with covid says Holden
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Conservative MP Richard Holder accused Sir Keir Starmer of playing “political games” during the very difficult coronavirus pandemic. The slamming came after the Labour leader appeared to flip flop on his position on the use of vaccine passports earlier this week. Sir Keir said he would be prepared to back a system of “vaccine passports plus testing” to access sporting events but not to receive NHS treatment or access food shops.
Mr Holden, the Conservative MP for Durham North West, told BBC News: “The leader of the opposition has flip-flopped constantly throughout this pandemic in an attempt to chase newspaper headlines at every opportunity.
“The scheme, which allows you to have that testing rather than having to isolate.
Last week, Boris Johnson faced a tight vote over plans to make vaccine passports mandatory for nightclubs, after Labour said it was going to vote against the proposal.
A spokesperson for the Labour leader said: “We oppose the use of Covid vaccination status for everyday access to venues and services.
“It’s costly, open to fraud and is impractical.”
Mr Holden continued to say: “I’m really concerned about the way that the Opposition are now trying to play political games with what is a very difficult recovery from a very difficult pandemic.
“I don’t think so I think it’s quite clear where we’re going at the moment.
Nonetheless, Sir Keir announced that he wants England to follow Wales and accelerate changes to self-isolation for those who are double jabbed.
He wished to bring England in line with Wales, which confirmed that requirements for self-isolation would be eased on 7 August.
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“Being double-jabbed doesn’t prove you aren’t carrying the virus. Testing for access to venues would be more efficient, and would give people and businesses more certainty.”
Sir Keir Starmer issued a “challenge” to Boris Johnson to follow Labour’s lead in Wales after First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed August 7 as the day when double-jabbed adults can escape isolation if they come into contact with a positive coronavirus case.
Scotland is also expected to remove the need for fully vaccinated people to isolate on August 9, but the Prime Minister has insisted England is “nailed on” to make the same move from August 16.
Sir Keir said: “There is a huge difference between these dates.
“In that nine-day difference, there are hundreds of thousands of working days that will not be lost.
“There are businesses that won’t have the chaos they are facing at the moment.
“And of course lots of people who are planning to go on holiday will have the peace of mind that they can actually go on their holiday so they don’t have it interrupted by isolating.”
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