MP COLUMN: We have to obey the instructions to stay home

By the time you read this, I hope that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is on the mend. My prayers are with him and all those suffering this terrible disease.

Tuesday, 14th April 2020, 5:10 pm
Updated Tuesday, 14th April 2020, 5:11 pm
Mary Glindon, North Tyneside MP.

We need leadership more than ever and the PM was elected to do this.

Keir Starmer was also elected to lead the Opposition. He and his new, strong team are right to avoid point-scoring but constructively insert ideas to plug gaps.

Ministers and the boffins are rightly focusing on tests. Success means we can seriously consider how to begin an exit strategy.

As we near a month of restrictions and as the weather improves we are all getting more stir-crazy and frustrated. But we have to obey the instructions to stay at home where possible.

Some businesses can continue and survive the crisis for our collective prosperity.

I helped secure government clarification that reassured workers at the important Smulders plant on the Tyne that they can work with proper respect for social distancing.

They cannot work remotely but others can and should. Together with other MPs, I'm asking the BT boss to close call centres so staff can work from home using laptops and internet phone lines.

This will minimise infection and death to staff and their households as well as those with whom they have contact and prevent a considerable and avoidable strain upon the NHS.

My staff and I are working from home for the duration. Stay safe and we will get through this crisis.

Mary Glindon, North Tyneside MP