Labour leader Keir Starmer has accused Boris Johnson of causing a collapse in public confidence over the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis – and told him to “get a grip”.
In a Guardian interview, Starmer launched a scathing attack on the prime minister over the easing of the lockdown restrictions such as reopening schools and relaxing shielding advice.
He said Johnson had made a “difficult situation 10 times worse” by carrying out “an exit without strategy”, and that the government would be directly responsible if the infection rate rose again.
“There is a growing concern the government is now winging it,” he said.
“At precisely the time when there should have been maximum trust in the government, confidence has collapsed.”
Johnson is set to face Starmer at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday for the first time since news of Dominic Cummings’ lockdown trip broke.