UK virus inquiry inevitable: Starmer

Labour leader Keir Starmer says an inquiry into the UK's handling of COVID-19 is inevitable.
Labour leader Keir Starmer says an inquiry into the UK's handling of COVID-19 is inevitable.

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer says an inquiry into Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government's handling of the coronavirus crisis is inevitable.

"I think an inquiry is inevitable," Starmer told Sky. "There will be an inquiry in due course."

"At the moment, I think it is important that we focus on the job in hand," he said when asked why he was not calling for an immediate inquiry.

Asked about his assessment of the government's handling, he said: "Too slow, asleep at the wheel and they really need to up their game."

On Johnson, he said the prime minister was good at rhetoric but poor at governing.

Australian Associated Press