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Photo of Keir Starmer Keir Starmer Leader of Her Majesty's Official Opposition, Leader of the Labour Party 12:00 pm, 14th October 2020

On 11 May, the Prime Minister said that the Government’s covid strategy

“will be governed entirely by the science.”—[Official Report, 11 May 2020;
Vol. 676, c. 36.]

On 21 September, the Government’s own scientific advisers, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, gave very clear advice. They said that a “package of interventions” —including a circuit breaker—would be needed to prevent an “exponential rise in cases”. Why did the Prime Minister reject that advice and abandon the science?