Below is the text of the comments made by Jim McMahon, the Shadow Transport Secretary, on 3 July 2020.
Labour – like families and businesses up and down the country – are keen for the government’s quarantine measures to be lessened, but this a mess.
First we had the quarantine that they were slow to implement, then they said they’d do air bridges. Now we see a plan to let residents of 60 or more countries into England without any reciprocal arrangements.
The fact they have been unable to negotiate air bridges is an indictment of their failure to tackle the crisis at home. They were too slow to take lockdown, too slow to order PPE and too slow to protect our country.