Leicester MP criticises government handling of local lockdown on GMB

Leicester South MP Jonathan Ashworth has criticised the government for their handling of his city’s lockdown on Good Morning Britain.

Ashworth was eager to point out that figures had come far too late in Leicester – as you can see in the video above.

Appearing opposite hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, he was quizzed on the data being given to him by the government.

“You’re MP for Leicester South, are you privy to the data in real time?” Piers asked.

“No I don’t get that on a daily basis,” Ashworth said.

“But that information should be going to our local director of public health now in Leicester.

“Throughout this process I kept raising in the House of Commons, ‘when are we getting this data? We need this date’

“I don’t think it’s fair to the people of Leicester to announce in a press conference on a Thursday afternoon that Leicester has a problem and then take 11 days to tell Leicester that they’re going into lockdown or what they’re doing about it.

“You know, people are really worried in Leicester, people are really anxious, people who are shielding are very, very scared.

“People who were planning to get their businesses open this Saturday are desperately worried about the their livelihood and what this means for the economy.

“And of course every parent in Leicester is concerned about the safety of their children obviously but they’re also deeply concerned about their children missing out on more education.

“People in Leicester deserve clarity.”

Watch more of what the Leicester MP had to say here:

He added: “Other areas have got to be prepared and the way in which this has been handled, it’s been slow, it took days.

“We were told we were going into a lockdown at 9pm on a Monday evening and shops were told they had to close the next morning.

“People are still asking for information, look, people just want clarity, they just want to do the right thing, they just want clear guidance.”

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am.

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