Why are you supporting him?! Lammy skewered over Labour backing Johnsons Covid rules

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David Lammy was put on the spot after Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer confirmed on Sunday his MPs will support the Government in a vote on the introduction of new coronavirus restrictions. Good Morning Britain presenter Ranvir Singh challenged the move, noting the Opposition would likely spare Prime Minister Boris Johnson a humiliating defeat. At least 71 Conservative MPs have already announced they would defy the party and vote against the rules over concerns for the introduction of a Covid pass requirement to access some venues.

Sir Keir told The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday the Government had Labour’s support to accelerate the booster programme, as he urged the public to “protect our families, friends and the NHS” by getting a top-up jab amid fears over the Omicron variant.

He said: “The arrival of the worrying new variant is a reminder that the pandemic is not over. And vaccines are the best weapon in our fight.

“The vaccine is safe and effective. It protects us and those around us. We will always support the NHS and act in the public interest.

“Therefore the Government has our support in the effort to accelerate the booster programme. It’s also vital that we use the Christmas holidays to get the vaccine out to eligible children.”

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Sir Keir added: “I urge everyone to get boosted as soon as you can – and if you haven’t had your first or second jab yet, now is the time to come forward.

“We have come so far since those darkest of days at the start of the pandemic.

“So much has been asked of the British people, and time and again you have risen to the challenge. So let’s keep our foot on the pedal and get Britain boosted to protect our families, friends, and NHS.”


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