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“What we learnt from the first wave of this virus is that if you don’t act early and decisively, the cost will be far worse”

Responding to the Prime Minister’s statement in the House of Commons ahead of a second national lockdown, Stephen Morgan MP said:

“What we learnt from the first wave of this virus is that if you don’t act early and decisively, the cost will be far worse.

More people will lose their jobs, more businesses will be forced to close and tragically, more people will lose their loved ones.

The Prime Minister and the Chancellor failed to learn this lesson.

As a result, this second lockdown will be longer than it needed to be, it will be harder and the human cost will be higher.

The Government must use this time to finally fix test and trace, address the gaping holes in support for the self-employed and help small businesses through this crisis.

I will continue to lobby on behalf of Portsmouth so that all constituents are protected and kept safe”.

The Portsmouth South representative has vowed to take forward constituent concerns raised with him in recent days including access to gyms and sport facilities, support to independent shops and pubs, and ensuring the most vulnerable are protected.