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UK Labour Party will not block extension of coronavirus act

LONDON, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Britain’s opposition Labour Party said on Wednesday they would not block the extension of the government emergency coronavirus powers.

“We recognised that the government, in a pandemic, any government needs extraordinary powers available, and why with a heavy heart today, facing this highly unsatisfactory situation of an all or nothing motion, we will not be blocking its passage today,” Labour spokesman Nick Thomas-Symonds told parliament during a debate on renewing existing legislation. (Reporting by William James; Editing by Alistair Smout)

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