Starmer urges government not to end job furlough scheme


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LONDON (Reuters) – British opposition leader Keir Starmer urged the government on Tuesday not to terminate a furlough scheme at the end of October, saying that would be at odds with other COVID-related measures announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“Withdrawing the furlough scheme in one fell swoop would be a disaster, and actually at complete odds with the measures he’s just announced for possibly up to six months,” Starmer said in parliament, in response to a statement by Johnson.

Starmer, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, said he supported the measures and would urge people to follow the new rules.

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