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Tory election donors call on Boris Johnson to end 'harmful' lockdown

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GagaJo Sun 26-Apr-20 12:55:08

Six multi-millionaires who bankrolled the Conservative party’s election victory last December have called for Boris Johnson to ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

The group of donors are seeking to put pressure on the Prime Minister as he returns to work on Monday, citing fears over the potential for further damage to the UK economy.

Financier Michael Spencer, who has donated over £5m to the Tories in the last few years, told The Sunday Times: “We should start loosening up the lockdown as soon as we reasonably can and allow the economy to start moving forward.

“We should really begin to offer a narrative of how and when it’s going to stop.”

Financier Michael Spencer is one of those putting pressure on the Prime Minister.

While Steve Morgan, the former boss of the housebuilder Redrow, who gave £1m to the Conservatives’ general election campaign, said: “We’re actually in danger that the medicine, if you want to call the lockdown that, is more harmful than the cure.”

Billionaire Peter Hargreaves, Phones4u founder John Caudwell, banker Sir Henry Angest and restaurateur Richard Caring - who donated over £2m to the election campaign between them - also called for an easing of the lockdown measures.

Despite originally setting a review date of April 13, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on April 16 that the shutdown would be extended for at least three more weeks.

The situation will be reviewed again on May 7.

At the Downing Street briefing on Saturday, Home Secretary Priti Patel refused to comment on what the Government's exit strategy was, saying it would be "irresponsible" to get people's hopes up.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has also stepped up pressure on the Government to set out an "exit strategy" for lifting the lockdown.

In a letter to Mr Johnson he said the UK was again in danger of falling behind other countries, which were already engaged in "adult" conversations with their citizens as to how the restrictions could be eased.

"The British public have made great sacrifices to make the lockdown work. They deserve to be part of an adult conversation about what comes next. If we want to take people with us and secure their consent, this is necessary now,” the letter reads.

The Government insists that the lockdown must continue, but some Britons have been tempted back outside to green spaces by days of constant sunshine.

3nanny6 Mon 27-Apr-20 17:43:37

Notana2 ; At last we have got there. Yes lockdown had to be introduced. The thing is we are still not completely safe to all come out of it and although we may not see how many deaths have happened we do know that there has been thousands. We can sit at home feeling fed up with it all but we have got to be patient. If everything starts up and we are caught up in multiple deaths we will have a tougher lockdown than we already have.

notanan2 Mon 27-Apr-20 17:51:05

Notana2 ; At last we have got there. Yes lockdown had to be introduced. The thing is we are still not completely safe to all come out of it

We never will be
That was never the aim of lockdown in the first place!
It was only ever about flattening the curve and buying reconfiguration time, at some point everybody has to be exposed unless they chose to miss haversham until they die!

Lockdown never promised a Covid free world at the end of it.
That was never the aim.

notanan2 Mon 27-Apr-20 17:54:22

You want everything and everyone else to wait for the impossible!

Its an unachievable goal

We CAN achieve risk reduction of other things though, if we end lockdown now that it has already done what it initially set out to do: give hospitals time to reconfigure (done). And spread out (NOT REDUCE) transmission (done)

Urmstongran Mon 27-Apr-20 18:34:30

I’m with you GagaJo on this topic. And well done you for not flying back to Switzerland next month. Your health IS paramount.

Boris thinks we are not ready to end lockdown yet. The U.K. is 2 weeks behind us over here in Spain and no-one is allowed to go out for exercise yetand we are into our 7th week!! Children were only allowed out for the first time yesterday, after 42 days of enforced confinement (with police patrolling suburban streets).

The piper used to call the tune.

But not THIS time. The money hawks will have to wait a little longer.

Well said Boris! Some clarity at last - even though it’s an unpopular decision in some quarters.

notanan2 Mon 27-Apr-20 18:50:56

Spains lockdown isnt exactly stopping CV though is it? Stricter than ours but 2nd highest rates in the world!