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Labour leader Starmer accuses UK government of losing control of coronavirus

FILE PHOTO: Keir Starmer speaks during a Labour Party general election campaign meeting in Harlow, Britain November 5, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - British opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer accused the government on Tuesday of having lost control of the coronavirus crisis, saying “there should be nothing inevitable about a second lockdown”.

As Prime Minister Boris Johnson readies new restrictions to come into force to tackle an increase in COVID-19 cases, Starmer used a speech to his party’s conference to say while Labour would be constructive and needed the Conservative government to succeed, he also criticised the testing system.

“But instead of getting a grip, the government has lost control. Our testing system collapsed just when we needed it most,” he said.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Sarah Young