The comments made by Keir Starmer, the Leader of the Opposition, on 5 March 2021.
During the pandemic it’s been our amazing NHS who’ve kept our country going, kept us safe, and looked after our loved ones.
They’ve been there on the frontline, putting their lives on the line. They’re the very best of Britain.
My Mum was a nurse. My sister was a nurse. My wife works in the NHS. I know what it means to work for the NHS. And if I were Prime Minister I would give them a fair pay rise that they deserve.
However, this week we learned that the Conservative Government is planning a real term pay cut for NHS staff. The mask has finally slipped.
After all we’ve been through together, after clapping for our carers, this is nothing short of an insult. It sends a very strong message to the British public.
Under my leadership, Labour will stand with the NHS and with our key workers. We will argue for a better deal, for fairer pay.
The NHS protected us, now it’s time to protect them.