CORONAVIRUS MEASURES ANNOUNCED -
“UNITE OUR COUNTRY WITH HOPE OF AN END TO THIS MISERY”,
THE RT HON DAME CHERYL GILLAN MP URGES THE PRIME MINISTER
As the first Back Bench MP to be called to speak in this afternoon’s debate on the new coronavirus measures announced by the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP called on the Prime Minister to “unite our country with hope of an end to this misery.”
Dame Cheryl said:
“ One of the most difficult decisions a PM has to take in a democracy is to resist our freedoms for the greater good and in the measures he has announced today and the cross-party consensus, my Rt Hon Friend has sought balance and proportionality, as he says, protecting the economy whilst reducing the risk of the virus spreading like a wildfire.
“ But, with this 6 month time frame he has announced, what does he say to grandparents who want to live their lives before it is too late and cannot see their families?
“ To worried parents and families who cannot access a test at the moment?
“ To MP that want to debate these matters in parliament before they are decided – not after – so they can help him shoulder this onerous responsibility?
“ How can he convince all of them he is taking the path and unite our country with hope of an end to this misery?”
The Prime Minister, Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, said:
“ I thank my Rt Hon Friend. She is entirely right that Parliament should and will debate these issues and, Mr Speaker, we will make time early next week in government time for a full debate on these measures.”
Dame Cheryl commented:
“ The announcement that these measures will last for 6 months will present an ongoing challenge for business and our economy. They cover the Xmas period which is so important for both the retail and the hospitality sector. We will also see unemployment rise and sectors such as aviation facing even more challenges as other European countries introduce restrictions. Now, with the reversal of the home working instructions. high streets and town centres could face hardship.The Chancellor will have to rise to the challenge and continue support to individuals and businesses and in particular the opportunities to encourage retraining.”