EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell says PM Boris Johnson ‘has a difficult balancing act to achieve’ over the latest Covid crisis.

“With Christmas on the horizon, so important a time for families and to our hospitality sector, the timing of this wave of new infection has magnified its impact.  The restrictions proposed were in themselves modest. There was no vote to impose vaccine passports – something I would not support – and no mandatory vaccination for the population mandated either. 

The Prime Minister has a difficult balancing act to achieve. If he did too little to try and halt the variant’s advance, he would be criticised for it and if he does too much, he imperils people’s livelihoods during the vital Christmas period and faces criticism for that too.  With precautionary event cancellations, I am concerned for our businesses.

Losing a loved one at any time is heartbreaking and at Christmas, that loss can feel especially painful, even years on. I know it has been for me, thinking of my Dad and of the baby girl I lost.”