Labour hits out at the governments handling over closing the borders with India: “If the government was prioritising the protection of the borders, we may not even have this level of uncertainty.”

In an interview with Sophy Ridge, Labours Shadow Communities Secretary, Steve Reed MP, hit out at Boris Johnson, saying he doesn’t always follow “the science in the way that he ought to be doing.”

Mr Reed said: “The problem for me is why has the road out of the lockdown becomes so much more uncertain than it looks just a few weeks ago? And the answer to that is the prime minister is not always following the science in the way that he ought to be doing.”

“A few weeks ago, I was on your show, and we were discussing the prime minister’s plans to visit India to speak to the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi. And as a result of that, Pakistan and Bangladesh have been put on the red list, but India had not.”

The Shadow communities minister continued saying the Government had not prioritised the protection of the borders correctly.

Mr Reed said: “Although the virus was running out of control in the whole of the subcontinent. Now during that three week periods, 20,000 passengers came back from India to the UK, and the Indian variant appears to have got into the country because of that.”

“If the Government was prioritising the protection of the borders, we may not even have this level of uncertainty. Now, now we have to deal with it.”

“Now we’re trying to understand whether this new variant is more contagious or not, but frankly, we shouldn’t even be in this position. If the Government was protecting and securing the borders in the way that they want to do.”

What’re your thoughts on this? Has the Government done enough to protect our borders?

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