Strategy under fire

Starmer and Tory MP attack PM’s Covid plan

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Boris Johnson’s Covid strategy came under fire from Opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer and from within his own party as a Conservative MP resigned from the government.

Chris Green, the Tory member for Bolton West and Atherton, was the parliamentary private secretary for the leader of the House of Lords, Baroness Evans. 

He resigned just hours after the Labour leader accused Mr Johnson of losing control of the pandemic and demanded Britain be plunged into a nationwide “circuit-breaker”.

Mr Green wrote to the Prime Minister claiming “the attempted cure is worse than the disease”.

It is the second time he has resigned from government having quit in 2018 over Brexit. 

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Mr Green wrote: “There is a healthy debate on how we can eliminate this coronavirus or how we can live with it and this is being led by many distinguished academics, epidemiologists and other specialists.

“I believe that there are better alternatives to the Government’s approach, so I therefore tender my resignation.”

Earlier, Sir Kier said that a complete shutdown of up to three weeks was required in England. Aware of a backlash from businesses, he stated that “sacrifices” would have to be made.

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