‘Labour did not want a lockdown,’ says Nadhim Zahawi in a tense BBC Covid investigation.
On BBC Sunday Morning today, Nadhim Zahawi did not have the best of days when he incorrectly claimed that Labour was pushing for a lockdown before being corrected by presenter Sophie Raworth.
Labour MPs, “unlike” the Conservatives, claim to want to impose a “lockdown before Christmas,” according to Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi.
Mr Zahawi allegedly twisted Labour MP Wes Streeting’s words, claiming that he said that “if you act fast and hard you do better actually advocating for a stronger lockdown.” The debate became heated when Ms Raworth declared that he never said those words.
She dismantled Mr Zahawi’s story, pointing out that Labour never used the word “lockdown” once.
“Labour didn’t want to lockdown before Christmas, so they didn’t call for it,” she said.
Mr Zahawi went on to say that once 2021 was over, Labour MPs quickly reversed their positions after seeing that not imposing a crackdown was the correct decision.
He urged her to “check the interview” after he couldn’t think of anything else to say.
“He was advocating for a stronger lockdown, but he said it was wonderful that we didn’t lockdown in the new year,” he continued.
However, just before Christmas, Mr Streeting told Sky News host Trevor Phillips that no one “wanted to see a lockdown.”
“I hope we don’t have to,” he had said.
“If the government acts sooner rather than later, I don’t believe a lockdown will be necessary.”
“I’m not attempting to be obnoxious.
“We’re going to meet with the chief medical officer and get scientific advice, and we’re going to take it.”
Mr Streeting took to Twitter this morning to clear the air, accusing the Conservatives of lying.
He stated, “Labour has never called for a Christmas lockdown.”
“Or after the holidays.
“The Conservatives keep repeating this lie because they are incapable of attacking the truth.”
“They couldn’t have delivered Plan B measures that worked without Labour’s sensible and pragmatic approach!”