Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced in the House of Commons today that those in England could face fines for not wearing face masks in shops. This new measure is to come in from July 24 and those breaking it could face fines up to £100. Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth attempted to criticise the Conservative Government on the lateness of this measure.
However, Mr Hancock quickly jibed that Labour’s complaints should be taken with a pinch of salt.
He said: “I think the tone of constructive engagement that the honourable gentleman used to engage with was a better one for him.
“On this point of face coverings, we clearly follow the evidence on face coverings.
“I set out some of the reasons why now is the right moment to introduce this policy.
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“Trying to turn this into a party-political football ill behoves the right honourable gentleman.
“His colleague, the MP for Norwich, said yesterday: ‘What is Labour’s policy on face masks?
“On that specific detail, I don’t know.
“I would like to do as if we are going to call for clarity, it would be good to have clarity on our own policy.
“So I think we can take the criticism from the front-bench opposite with a pinch of salt.”
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