Keir Starmer goes into self-isolation after doing LBC phone-in

Keir Starmer goes into self-isolation after doing LBC phone-in

September 14, 2020

Keir Starmer goes into self-isolation as member of household shows Covid symptoms – hours after Labour leader was in the LBC studios

  • Keir Starmer is self-isolating after a member of household showed symptoms 
  • Labour leader went into quarantine hours after doing a phone-in on LBC radio
  • Party said member of household has had a coronavirus test and result pending

Keir Starmer declared he is going into quarantine today after a member of his household showed coronavirus-type symptoms.

The Labour leader announced he is going into self-isolation hours after taking a phone-in in the LBC radio studios. The party has informed the radio station about the situation. 

A Labour spokesman said: ‘This morning Keir Starmer was advised to self isolate after a member of his household showed possible symptoms of the coronavirus. The member of his household has now had a test. 

Labour leader Keir Starmer announced he is going into self-isolation hours after taking a phone-in in the LBC radio studios

‘In line with NHS guidelines, Keir will self-isolate while awaiting the results of the test and further advice from medical professionals.’

It is understood Sir Keir has not shown any signs of the disease himself, but will not be speaking in the Commons debate on Brexit later.

Sir Keir sat relatively close to presenter Nick Ferrari in the radio studios today before he went into quarantine. 

During the phone-in, Sir Keir said he supported the Government’s new ‘Rule of Six’ restrictions which came into force today.

He said: ‘I do support the ‘rule of six’.

‘I think you need something simple, easily understood and I think the Government was slow back in February and March to appreciate the problem it was about the face and we can’t repeat that error again, so I do support the ‘rule of six’.

‘We’ve publicly come out in support of it and I will say, as I said to the Prime Minister I would, as the leader of the Opposition I say to everybody, please follow the Government advice, please follow these rules.’

He added: ‘You can make the argument of why not five or why not six or seven – you have to go with a number backed by the science and they say six and I think we should abide by that rule.’

Sir Keir said ministers’ ‘side of the bargain’ was to improve NHS Test and Trace and to ensure more people were self-isolating now that fresh social restrictions had been put in place.

Sir Keir sat relatively close to presenter Nick Ferrari in the radio studios today before he went into quarantine

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