Leicester MP says local lockdowns ‘are not working’

By James Wynn

A Leicester MP has said that the government needs to consider that its local lockdown approach to tackling coronavirus is not working.

Jon Ashworth, who is a Labour MP for Leicester South and also shadow Health Secretary, said that there were many reasons why people were failing to follow the tier restrictions that were implemented earlier this month.

Mr Ashworth stated that people were “fed up” of the guidelines but appreciated that some people had “got to make a choice between health and putting food on the table”.

Leicester currently has an infection rate of 326 cases per 100,000 people, and is still in Tier 2 level restrictions, where the city has been since June.

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