Keir Starmer has promised to work with Boris Johnson “In the national interest” to guide Britain through the growing epidemic of coronavirus, after the Prime Minister issued a letter urging leaders of opposition parties to “work together” with the government.
During a telephone call with the Prime Minister after his election Workforce Leader Starmer offered to work constructively with the Prime Minister and not provide “opposition on behalf of the opposition”. However, as pandemic experts warned this weekend on the difficult path out of the lockdown, Starmer said he would “denounce” the government for failing its strategy.
Starmer has agreed to meet with the Prime Minister this week. Johnson remained self-isolated on Saturday with a temperature after contracting the virus. The engagement between the party leaders came as:
• The number of new daily cases of Covid-19 has increased from 4,450 on Friday to 3,735 in total, which suggests hope of spreading the disease. The total number of cases of illness in the UK now stands at 41,903. A further 708 people have died.
• It appeared that 212 patients in the Midlands have died after being tested positive for the coronavirus in the past 24 hours – more than London, which has been the hardest hit so far, with 127 deaths.
• There were signs of a slight decline in public confidence in the government’s management of the pandemic. An Opinium survey for the Observer found that government management approval went from + 42% net approval last week to + 23% this week.
• Michael Gove, the cabinet minister, warned that there was evidence that young people were less compliant with orders of social distancing, while he pleaded with the public to exercise “restraint” and take action. locking.
• It was announced that the Queen would praise the nation for its “self-discipline” and “resolution” during the coronavirus pandemic in a rare television address broadcast on Sunday.