The former Cumbrian MP Rory Stewart has backed some scientists in saying that Britain moved too late to reduce the coronavirus infection rates in March.
Ministers are continuing to insist that it's too early to make judgements about the UK's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, after a former government adviser, Professor Neil Ferguson, said that if the country had been locked down a week earlier, the number of deaths could have been halved.
Rory Stewart started calling for a lockdown in late February and says ministers could have done things differently.
Quote Message: The tendency in government is always to ask for more information, always to move more slowly than you might, particularly in a difficult and uncertain situation.
Quote Message: So I think that it's right that they did follow the scientific advice but it's also true I believe that from the end of February they should have been challenging it harder on the basis of what they could see was happening elsewhere in the world." from Rory Stewart