Hartley-Brewer erupts in furious clash with Andrew Bridgen on overkill COVID restrictions

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During the interview on talkRADIO, Ms Hartley-Brewer told Mr Bridgen not to “insult” her listeners by pretending the only alternative to lockdown was to let COVID-19 rip through society. The talkRADIO host stated several different options available to the UK Government including shielding the vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Ms Hartley Brewer said: “Don’t insult my listeners by pretending the alternative is between a lockdown and letting it rip, there are a million measures in between.”

Mr Bridgen replied: “Such as? Tell me.”

The talkRADIO host said: “Such as shielding the most vulnerable and the elderly, having limitations on what people can do, enforcing social distancing, closing down the pubs where people aren’t social distancing.

“There are plenty of measures.”

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The Conservative MP said: “That is the idea of the traffic light system.”

Ms Hartley-Brewer responded: “No, it is not, that is closing down all pubs and restaurants even if they are operating just fine.”

Mr Bridgen said: “We don’t know all the details yet, but it would be only in areas where transmission of the virus it at the highest level.”

Last week the Chancellor pledged to expand his Job Support Scheme to allow the Treasury to pay two-thirds of workers’ wages at firms forced to close due to coronavirus restrictions. 

He also increased grants for affected businesses to up to £3,000 a month.

Mr Sunak said: “I have always said that we will do whatever is necessary to protect jobs and livelihoods as the situation evolves.”

“The expansion of the Job Support Scheme will provide a safety net for businesses across the UK who are required to temporarily close their doors, giving them the right support at the right time.”

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Under Mr Sunak’s scheme, government grants will cover two-thirds of the wages of staff unable to work, up to a maximum of £2,100 a month.

Employers will be expected to continue paying their National Insurance and pension contributions.

Businesses can claim the grant only while under restrictions and employees must be off work for a minimum of seven consecutive days.

The scheme will begin on November 1 and will be available for six months, with a review in January.

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