Shabana Mahmood MP Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Ladywood
Shabana has written to constituents who have been in touch regarding Dominic Cummings’ breach of lockdown rules.
Many constituents contacted Shabana after the Prime Minister’s senior adviser was alleged to have broken rules regarding self-isolation and essential travel.
In her letter Shabana highlighted the huge sacrifices constituents in Birmingham Ladywood have made during the lockdown.
Labour has written to the Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill calling for an urgent inquiry into allegations Dominic Cummings broke the lockdown rules.
You can read her letter in full below.
Letter to constituents
Thank you for contacting me regarding Dominic Cumming’s breach of the lockdown rules.
This pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges for our public health at an individual, local, national and international level. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic was supposed to be a national effort with the Government leading the way. I am immensely grateful to all of our frontline workers who have been working tirelessly through the crisis, to ensure that public services and key industries can continue to function.
The advice from the Government was simple: stay home, protect the NHS, and save lives. Like the majority of my constituents, I have adhered strictly to the lockdown rules, not only to protect the household I live in but to protect the NHS and the wider community. Indeed, millions of people have made extraordinary sacrifices during the lockdown. We have gone without seeing loved ones for months. Many have missed vital family moments like births, birthdays and funerals.
The fact that a senior adviser has undermined both the Government’s messaging on coronavirus as well as the nation’s confidence in public health information is inexcusable. Since the story emerged, the Tory Government’s defence of Mr Cummings’ actions shows that it’s one rule for Boris Johnson’s closest adviser and another for everybody else.
The British people were looking for at least an apology from Dominic Cummings for breaking the lockdown. They got none.
Last week we saw the culmination of serious allegations about Dominic Cummings, then followed by remarkably insulting defences from the cabinet. It is clear he broke lockdown rules more than once. I know that the people of Birmingham Ladywood were looking for an honest explanation and an apology. Instead we saw weak excuses and no regrets.
Labour has written to the Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill calling for an urgent inquiry into allegations Dominic Cummings broke the coronavirus lockdown rules. We have also written to the Home Secretary to raise serious questions about the implications for policing, following the Prime Minister’s statement last week.
Rest assured I will be monitoring this issue very closely and will continue to hold the Government to account.
Shabana Mahmood MP
Member of Parliament for Birmingham Ladywood