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Get tougher and get on message, Sir Keir Starmer tells prime minister

Stay home: Sir Keir on Marr show PICTURE: BBC

SIR Keir Starmer accused ministers of sending ‘mixed messages’ on lockdown rules — and said they should be even tougher.

The Labour leader said: ‘I think the most important thing is people get that message about “stay at home”.

‘I would like to see the prime minister out there every day with a press conference making sure that message is getting through.’

Asked if reopening schools depended on inoculating teachers, he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr: ‘No, I don’t know that it necessarily is’ but ‘it would be a good thing. It is very difficult to see how we can start lifting restrictions… until the vaccine programme, at least that first part of it, is rolled out’.

He said nurseries ‘probably should close. People are surprised primary schools are shut but nurseries aren’t’.