Nick Thomas-Symonds – 2021 Comments on Indian Variant

The comments made by Nick Thomas-Symonds, the Shadow Home Secretary, on 27 May 2021.

Three quarters of the cases in the country coming from the variant first discovered in India, confirms the terrible consequence of the Conservatives’ reckless refusal to secure our borders against Covid.

Labour warned time and time again that refusing to put in place a proper hotel quarantine system would have exactly these consequences. The Prime Minister delayed putting India on the Red List for two weeks, even when cases there were – tragically – rising quickly. Even now, Ministers have created confusion over the ‘Amber List’ for travel. This dangerous incompetence has to stop.