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Labour MP told activists not to ‘let a good crisis go to waste’

A Labour frontbencher has apologised ‘profusely’ after she called coronavirus a ‘good crisis’ and warned party members not to let it ‘go to waste’.

Shadow education secretary Kate Green said she is ‘ashamed’ that people feel she was trying to make ‘political capital’ out of the pandemic.

She said: ‘That was the wrong thing to say. I regret it. I know it will have caused pain and offence to people who’ve suffered under this terrible pandemic and I should not have said that.’

Ms Green made the ‘reprehensible’ comments during a Labour Connected event earlier this month.

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She urged activists to seize on the chaos wrought by coronavirus, and use it to pressure the Tories into funding education.

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She said: ‘I think there’s obviously a real immediate pressure to address these funding needs for the crisis.

‘But I think we should use the opportunity, don’t let a good crisis go to waste.

‘We can really see now what happens when you under-resource schools, when you under-resource families and communities.

‘And I think that particularly for those of us in Labour, let’s be talking now about what this has really exposed, about the way in which we’ve undervalued our whole education system.’

The Labour party distanced itself from the comments, but they were soon slammed by Tory MPs.

Tory chairwoman Amanda Milling told The Sun: ‘It’s beyond reprehensible that a member of Sir Keir Starmer’s top team would want to take advantage of a global pandemic.

‘Labour’s leader may have changed, but it’s clear that under Sir Keir Labour still don’t stand on the side of the British people.’

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