PM Must End Conflicting Messages Over Coronavirus Lockdown

SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford demands returning PM Johnson ends conflicting messages over Coronavirus lockdown.

As Boris Johnson returns to Downing St, SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford is demanding the Prime Minister makes a priority of clamping down on the damaging conflicting messages coming from his Government.

The Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP said:

“We all wish the Prime Minister well after recovering from this dreadful illness.

“I hope his strength has fully returned because he needs to hit the ground running.

“His stand-in Dominic Raab talks about the necessity of his five tests being met before considering relaxing lockdown measures.

‘Yet it’s abundantly clear fellow Tories are encouraging specific business sectors to open up regardless.

“The mixed messages emanating from this Government are increasingly worrying.

“The British public has been exceptional in consenting to the very difficult social distancing measures up to now and these shady background briefings are causing confusion.

“Everyone is mindful of the economic crisis running in parallel with this public health crisis and the urgency to protect the country from long-term economic damage.

“But any decision on when and how to transition to more relaxed social distancing measures must not be driven by party or personal interests.

“As we consider how we manage the economic recovery, profits simply cannot be put before the public imperative to protect our NHS and save lives.

“Boris Johnson should follow the lead set by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who is engaging with the people of Scotland in a grown-up conversation about how we adapt and build a new normal way of life.

“It’s time Boris Johnson started being open and transparent with the whole of Britain by publishing their plan on how we can transition out of lockdown.”