Jeremy Corbyn, the outgoing Leader of the Opposition, has said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph that the party shouldn’t join any National Government which might be formed to deal with the coronavirus. The Financial Times has reported that Sir Keir Starmer, who is seen as the likely winner of the party’s leadership contest, is unlikely to rule out a National Government, but that he considers it unlikely that the situation will arise.
Corbyn said to the Telegraph:
“It’s the duty of opposition parties to hold it to account, and that is exactly what we’re doing. If everybody got together and said ‘we’re all absolutely in this together we won’t criticise each other’ – that is a negation of what our democratic society is about.”