Labour MP mocked over tantrum about Chequers heated pool – How would HE know!
Rosie Duffield admits Labour 'looks ridiculous and ineffective'
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The Prime Minister is currently self-isolating in the 16th-century manor house, near Ellesborough, after coming into close contact with coronavirus-positive Sajid Javid. Richard Burgon, Labour MP for Leeds East, spoke during Prime Minister’s Questions about Chequers’ heated swimming pool.
Pointing out double standards for Brits self-isolating compared to Mr Johnson’s hideaway in the 1,500-acre manor house, Mr Burgon insisted the Prime Minister should increase statutory sick pay.
He said: “The Prime Minister is having to self-isolate just as hundreds of thousands of people across the country are having to do because of his reckless Covid strategy.
“But unlike the Prime Minister, not everybody has been able to run off to a luxury country mansion with a heated swimming pool.
“And also unlike the Prime Minister, so many people across our country are having to survive on just £96 sick pay per week.
“So could the Prime Minister survive on £96 sick pay per week? And if he couldn’t, why does he think if it’s not good enough for him, it’s good enough for everyone else?”
In response, the Prime Minister said Mr Burgon is “quite wrong”.
He pointed out those self-isolating are entitled to the living wage, statutory sick pay, and “in extreme circumstances to help from their local councils and also to a £500 payment to help them with self-isolation”.
Mocking Mr Burgon’s PMQ’s appearance, Patrick O’Flynn posted on Twitter: “I swear Burgon’s lip curled when he referred to the Chequers swimming pool being ‘heated’.
“How would a Labour MP know?”
It comes as Labour MPs have raged against the Prime Minister for going ahead with ‘Freedom Day’s’ end to lockdown restrictions on Monday.
Sir Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour Party, said the lifting of remaining coronavirus restrictions was “reckless”, and said the Government had “got virtually every big decision wrong either in substance, or timing, or both”.
The party leader is now self-isolating after one of his children tested positive for COVID-19.
July 19 saw 44,104 new cases and 73 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test in the UK.
In the week ending July 16, the seven-day average for new cases was at 472.3 per 100,000 people.
In total, the UK has seen 5,563,006 cases and 128,823 deaths from the virus.
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