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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:46 pm on 14th December 2020.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield 3:46 pm, 14th December 2020

The Secretary of State will know that I have warmed to his performance over the months of this pandemic, and I think he is doing a pretty good job. I think it was the Prime Minister who pushed him into the relaxation around Christmas, so may I warn him that my local hospitals in Huddersfield and Halifax are preparing for an awful surge after Christmas, just at the very wrong time, in January and February, when we do not want that kind of pressure? Will he think again and persuade the Prime Minister to think again about any relaxation of the rules over Christmas, in order to save lives?