Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon and Chair of the APPG on Coronavirus, has responded to the Prime Minister’s announcement, last night, of further coronavirus restrictions.
Layla said: "These further restrictions are needed, but only because the PM hasn't learned from his mistakes last year. The APPG on Coronavirus sent him 44 urgent recommendations in December to improve our handling of the pandemic.
"Crucially, that includes adopting the Covid-Secure UK exit strategy to control, suppress, and then eliminate coronavirus. Unless the Government gets the R number under control using locally-led test and trace, and then keeps the virus suppressed with strict testing at the UK's borders, this damaging cycle of boom and bust lockdowns will continue until the vaccine is rolled out.
"It's time for the PM to listen to MPs, read our report, and implement our recommendations."