Labour leader Starmer accuses UK government of losing control of coronavirus


LONDON (Reuters) – British opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer accused the government on Tuesday of having lost control of the coronavirus crisis, saying “there should be nothing inevitable about a second lockdown”.

As Prime Minister Boris Johnson readies new restrictions to come into force to tackle an increase in COVID-19 cases, Starmer used a speech to his party’s conference to say while Labour would be constructive and needed the Conservative government to succeed, he also criticised the testing system.

“But instead of getting a grip, the government has lost control. Our testing system collapsed just when we needed it most,” he said.