Speaking at the CBI conference, the Labour Party leader blamed Rishi Sunak for the delays to a national coronavirus lockdown his party has been calling for since September. Sir Keir Starmer said: “Make no mistake, the Chancellor’s name’s all over this. His decision to block a circuit breaker will now mean that businesses have to close for longer. More people will lose their job. And the public finances will be worse than they needed to be.”

He added: “One of the things I’ve learnt from this crisis is that it exposes leadership like nothing else.

“On that count the Prime Minister and the Chancellor have failed.

“They failed to learn. They failed to listen. And they failed to lead.

“The result is tragic – but all too predictable.”

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