Keir Starmer began his questions by showing support for the National Lockdown, but by asking why the Lockdown wasn’t implemented earlier, a decision which meant that UK’s death toll went from 11 just 42 days ago to now almost 400 deaths per day when the Lockdown begins.
Starmer asked whether the Lockdown would end definitively on 2nd December or whether measures would be extended. Mr Johnson assured the House that the lockdown will automatically expire and then another vote would have to take place to put the country back into another lockdown.
Mr Starmer claimed that it would be stupid to come out of lockdown if the R rate hasn’t come down below 1.
“What’s the Prime Minister going to do in the next four weeks to fix this, because if he doesn’t, we’ll be right back here again?”
The Prime Minister reiterated that by using the new mass testing system, that is currently being seen in Liverpool, the R rate will have come down significantly, as the country has already seen as a result of the regional lockdowns.
Places of worship were also mentioned as being essential to the country, with the Prime Minister being asked if they were likely to open as early as possible. The PM apologised for having to close places of worship, but insisted that it was necessary to bring the R rate down.