Coronavirus: Labour leader criticises government’s response to pandemic – BBC News


The new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has used his first Prime Minister’s Questions to criticise the government’s response to the pandemic. He said it had failed to deliver the coronavirus tests needed or to provide enough protective equipment for frontline workers.

The government remains under intense pressure over the supply of protective equipment. An RAF plane carrying supplies from Turkey has arrived in the UK but ministers say there’s a global shortage. More than 8,000 UK businesses have responded to an appeal to manufacture products but the government says not all those offers can be taken up.

Meanwhile charities representing victims of domestic abuse are warning that people are unable to seek the help they need because they’re having to spend the lockdown with violent and controlling partners.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reports from Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg, Health Editor Hugh Pym and correspondent Phil Mackie.

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