In a vote this evening Crewe and Nantwich MP Dr Kieran Mullan voted to support the 10pm lockdown restrictions as a measure to combat the Coronavirus.
In a speech in the House of Commons today (13th October) Dr Mullan said there was no alternative to the lockdown measures.
I want to focus my remarks on whether there is currently any viable alternative to the lockdown measures that have been put in place in my constituency. In my view, there is not. The argument put forward by some is that we could somehow isolate or protect the vulnerable, to allow the rest of us to carry on with our lives as normal, but how realistic is that?
The comments come after residents in Cheshire East were placed under new restrictions to combat the spread of the virus.
The MP added:
If we were to let the virus spread among the rest of the population, we can forget all of that. We would reach a point where, in every single one of those examples, the vulnerable person would stand a very real chance of catching the virus because it would be rampant. That is the reality of the strategy that some are proposing. We would effectively be telling 25 million people to play Russian roulette every time they step outside their door—they can hug their grandchildren, but they run a real risk of catching a deadly disease if they do that.
They can go to work, but they run a very real risk of catching a deadly disease if they do that. Most importantly, if they go to their cancer screening, their radiotherapy or their chemotherapy, again, they run a very real risk of catching a deadly disease. That is no choice at all.
Dr Mullan continued:
But we do have a choice, and that is to persevere. It is not easy, and I have no doubt that we are paying a terrible price in terms of the economy, our wellbeing and our health, but I simply cannot see how that price would be outweighed by the loss of life on the scale we would see and the restrictions we would have to put in place on 25 million people if we were to give up. I do not think we can justify abandoning the older members of our society to their fate—not when, if we buy them more time, I believe we will find other ways forward.
Earlier today (13th October) the Leader of Cheshire East Council issued a statement saying the authority was not consulted in the measures before it was announced they were to be imposed.
Labour Leader, Cllr. Sam Corcoran said:
Disappointingly, we were not consulted on new restrictions planned for implementation in Cheshire East from Wednesday of this week. This is despite us, with Cheshire West and Warrington councils and the Local Enterprise Partnership, writing in detail to Secretary of State for Health, setting out our asks of government over a week ago, with no reply.
The new lockdown measures and restrictions in Cheshire East come into force at midnight tonight.