A COVENTRY MP has accused the government of being ‘too slow’ to help the UK economy during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Office for National Statistics today (August 12) said the UK had fallen into the deepest recession on record.
Official figures showed the economy shrank more than any other leading industrialised nation, seeing a contraction in the second quarter of 20.4 per cent.
The data confirms the impact of the pandemic and lockdown plunged the economy into the deepest decline in GDP since comparable records began in 1955.
MP for Coventry North-West, Taiwo Owatemi, said Coventrians facing job losses ‘deserve better.’
“Under this Government’s watch, the UK was too slow in its response to the COVID crisis, resulting in the highest mortality rate in Europe. Now, the Government has yet again been too slow in its response to the economic crisis, resulting in the deepest economic downturn in Europe.
“Coventry residents made huge sacrifices to keep our city safe and now too many people are losing their jobs for doing the right thing. We deserve better than that.
“The Government must act now to stop a further jobs crisis. It’s my job to go down to London in the coming days and weeks to make sure the Government does whatever it takes to help people here in Coventry and ensure businesses have the help and support they need to survive this crisis.”