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PM Statement: City MP responds over Christmas changes

Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement today (19 December 2020) of a new tier four for London and the South East, Portsmouth South’s Stephen Morgan MP said:

“The Government is yet again two steps behind, with indecision and confusion over how to limit the virus’ spread before the festive season putting our NHS at grave risk in the new year.

Whilst this week in Parliament I have been asking questions of Ministers on the new variant and what this will mean for our area, the answers have not been forthcoming. What is clear is the current tiered system is failing to stem the spread of the virus, and Ministerial inaction has led to infections out of control in certain parts of the country again.

With our area only going into tier three today, this is an incredibly serious moment for our city. Portsmouth people are understandably worried. Many of our small business owners are devastated. The Prime Minister’s latest announcement is a disappointment to us all.

We all want to spend time with family and loved ones after this awful year, but the situation has clearly taken a turn for the worse. Sadly the Government made promises it has failed to deliver and the Prime Minister’s mishandling means our city’s people and our economy will now suffer this Christmas”.

The Government has confirmed Portsmouth will go into Tier 4 at 00.01 tomorrow morning. Further information about the new tier and the implications for Portsmouth will be posted on this website in due course.