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Sunday shows: Labor will act “in the public interest” according to Covid rules

The Andrew Marr Show

Shadow foreign minister Lisa Nandy expressed concern about new Covid restrictions and called for assurances from the government, but called Labor’s support in Tuesday’s vote as “unconditional” and said the party would “act in the public interest”.

On the question of whether Labor will vote for new Covid rules on Tuesday: “We very much share the view that there must be public restrictions … We do not share the view of these Tory backbenchers, with which you simply let this virus run through the population can the harm that would wreak. “She added,” But we want clarity from the government on two points: First, is this enough to take control of the virus? We will meet with the Chief Medical Officer tomorrow afternoon to discuss this. Second, we can we need adequate support. “Will Labor support the government without additional economic aid?” Our support is unconditional. We will act in the public interest. We need to know that these measures are tough enough to get the To get control of the virus. “Continued,” It is not too late for the government to make these pledges, and we are not in favor of opposing public health action. Remember, this is a straight up vote or below, it’s these measures or no measures. ”On the unfortunate members of the shadow cabinet:“ I think everyone in the country is in the moment t quite unhappy … people don’t think these decisions are fair. “She added,” The reason I don’t commit to voting for these measures is because we are not currently convinced that they are sufficient either or are practicable. It is not too late for the government to convince us of this. “In response to Marr’s statement that Labor is likely to vote with the government on Tuesday,” We have never voted against health restrictions through this virus until now. ” On the question of whether Labor wants another national lockdown in the New Year when the cases emerge, “No, we want the government to make sure that the actions they are taking this week are actually enough to keep the virus in control.” to get.” About her experience of being asked to self-isolate: “I received various dates … I didn’t get a call until ten days later to ask if I needed additional assistance. It just doesn’t work. “When asked if she thought Andy Burnham had abandoned Manchester,” No, I am not. I think Matt Hancock has a personal problem with Andy Burnham that I’ve found to be quite bizarre at times [and] not helpful at all. ”

Foreign minister Dominic Raab spoke about the new Covid rules and Brexit.

About the government making concessions to MPs ahead of Tuesday’s Commons vote: “Your horse trade is someone else’s accountability to Parliament.” On whether the country faces a third wave in January, “There is a risk if we don’t strike the right balance. But so far the R-level is going down, that’s really important. “On the possibility of a third lock in the new year:“ We are doing everything we can to avoid this. ”Regarding the Brexit negotiations:“ We have two fundamental problems, especially the fisheries. ”Regarding the question of whether there will be a deal : “I’m not in the guessing game … The mutual interest in a deal is very high.”

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Stör was questioned over her records of coronavirus deaths (“We currently have a lower prevalence of the virus than the other nations”), the education gap (“The gap is not widening”) and Alex Salmond (Marr highlighted the difference) data , for which she quoted when she knew of allegations; Sturgeon said he “linked two problems”).

Sophy Ridge on Sunday

Shadow Transport Secretary Jim McMahon supported the regional, tiered approach to Covid restrictions and called on the government to remove the ticket system for peak and off-peak times over Christmas in order to avoid “artificial bottlenecks” and said at Brexit that Labor would “want to see a deal that we could support ”. .

When asked whether Labor “in principle” supports the tier system announced by the government last week: “Yes, the principle is correct … An approach that is correct for each region and sub-region is the right one.” On the question whether the regions should be broken down into smaller areas: “It’s really important to have a really clear set of rules that speak to geography that people can understand. Having that on a district basis is probably the right level. ”On Christmas and New Years transportation and coronavirus transmission:“ We don’t currently believe that the government has taken into account that people want to see friends and family. ”As for the government should do: “Let’s take practical steps to remove some of the bottlenecks – for example, the peak and off-peak ticket agreement, where you almost create an artificial bottleneck.” On scrapping peak prices: “There are no peak prices at the moment . People don’t use the railways like they do in normal times. So why do we still have the main tickets, which is essentially a bottleneck in demand? “When asked how much it would cost to scrap peak tickets,” You could argue that it wouldn’t cost more because people who buy off-peak tickets choose those tickets because they are the affordable tickets . “He added,” It is very unlikely that people will opt for a more expensive ticket between Christmas and New Years … These are not business travelers. They are not commuters. These are people who will visit friends and family. “When asked if Labor has cost politics,” It is not up to us to taste it, it is up to the government to say, Have you thought ahead to reflect on the impact that Christmas and New Years travel will have? ” When asked whether Labor should support a Brexit deal negotiated by the government in relation to Parliament: “We want to see an agreement, but of course we cannot confirm our support for it until we see the content of the deal. “On Labor’s approach to considering support for the Brexit trade deal:” We want an agreement that we could support. And we say we would look at it as a fundamental agreement to build on. ”

Dominic Raab was challenged over areas with lower infection rates than London that were upgraded to a higher tier. He argued that decisions are made according to “five criteria” but are also “ultimately a matter of judgment”.

The Foreign Minister defended the Prime Minister’s claim that the tiered system could end in nine weeks. He said: “I think this feels like an exit strategy and I think that brings with it some cautious reasons for hope.”

Regarding the MPs who will vote on the new animal system next week and a possible rebellion, Raab said: “We have a confident message that we must also explain and listen to. The reality is that we want to get out of the national lockdown and stay out of it. “

On the Brexit negotiations, the Foreign Secretary told Sky News: “We are in a sensible position – there is an agreement” before adding, “It seems like progress is being made towards greater respect for the UK’s position.”

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