Andrew Rosindell said:
“The announcement of a second national lockdown will come as a terrible blow to people across Romford, especially local businesses, many of whom were banking on being able to trade between now and Christmas in order to recover and survive.
I do not believe continuous lockdowns will solve anything. I fear we will regret the day we responded to this situation by closing down the country in this way. By adopting this approach, we are condemning the British people to bankruptcy, unemployment and an explosion of non covid related health issues that are being neglected, plus we are seeing the biggest loss of our freedom and liberties in my lifetime.
I can barely find a constituent who agrees with what is being done. How can we be sure the projected hospital figures are correct and if so, why hasn’t the government spent the last six months preparing for more capacity so as to avoid another devastating lockdown?
I fear we are losing the trust of the public in the way this is being handled and I urge the Prime Minister to adopt a different strategy. The British people have always been of the ‘keep calm and carry on’ way of thinking. It has not been a bad approach through difficult times in the past. We should adopt that spirit again today. We must of course do everything possible to protect the vulnerable, whilst at the same time keeping Britain open and moving forward.”