The Labour Party leader, Sir Keir Starmer, will go into self-isolation after a member of his family has shown symptoms of Coronavirus – in accordance with the current government guidance.
Starmer will miss tonight’s second reading of the Internal Markets Bill, a controversial government white paper that will rip up elements of international agreements and has been heavily criticised by the Labour leader.
A spokesperson stated: “The member of his household has now had a test. In line with NHS guidelines, Keir will self-isolate while awaiting the results of the test”, he may be able to return to parliament shortly if the result comes back negative.”
Starmer has criticised the government in recent weeks for the difficulties many individuals have had in accessing Coronavirus tests, with Health Secretary Matt Hancock announcing last week that only individuals who are showing symptoms should receive a test; previously anyone who wanted to be tested was able to request a home kit or drive through appointment.
This comes on the day that the government’s new guidance on ‘groups of six‘ comes into force, with only a maximum of six people being allowed to meet either indoors or outdoors, with a continued rise in the ‘R’ rate of transmission.
It is unclear whether Starmer will attend the upcoming PMQs due to his isolation, however, he will be continuing to work from home according to a spokesperson.
“In line with NHS guidelines, Keir will self-isolate while awaiting the results of the test and further advice from medical professionals.”