MP Robert Halfon questions why Harlow has been placed in Tier 3

News / Mon 14th Dec 2020 at 04:19pm

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has asked the Health Minister Matt Hancock in the House of Commons why the town has been placed in Tier 3.

Mr Halfon said: “”I have supported the measures and placed my faith in government and scientific officers.

“My real worry is that local hospitality businesses are really struggling. They are on their knees.

“How will further restrictions curb the disease given that cases increased in Harlow during the second national lockdown.

I understand the virus recently stabilised in Harlow.

There has been no rates of increase in the over-60’s for the last week.

Further to this, the overall increase in cases is 12% in Harlow against a regional average of 40%.

“So I ask my Rt Hon friend to consider keeping Harlow in Tier 2”.

Mr Hancock repled: “Unfortunately, cases are rising in Harlow and districts of Essex.

“We do have to take action. Let us work together to get the down. Let’s work together to get this done and get Harlow back in Tier 2.

🦠 WATCH: Essex MP @halfon4harlowMP asks the Health Secretary to reconsider putting Harlow in Tier 3. 🖥👇 pic.twitter.com/QiMtMa3sp8— BBC Essex (@BBCEssex) December 14, 2020

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2 Comments for MP Robert Halfon questions why Harlow has been placed in Tier 3:

2020-12-14 18:19:29

Halfon likes to be all things to all people. On the 2nd December Halfon stated to YourHarlow: "I’ve been working very hard with Essex County Council and public health officials to do what I can to help Harlow reduce our spike in coronavirus rates." https://www.yourharlow.com/2020/12/02/robert-halfon-mp-holds-urgent-meeting-with-public-health-officials-following-rise-in-coronavirus-cases/ Halfon must have two minds.

Nick Gunning
2020-12-14 19:50:31

I don't often support Robert Halfon, especially over the hospital plans, but on this he's right. It's a case where the raw figures are more important than the rate of increase. As with test and trace, it should be managed at a local level, while keeping the government up to date. Central government tends to use a broad brush approach which often suits nobody on thre local level.

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