Union leader Keir Starmer is forced to self-isolate and work from home until mid-December after a member of his private office tested positive for coronavirus
- Keir Starmer, 58, is self-isolating after a member of the private office tests positive
- The politician has to stay at home for 14 days since the last contact with the infected person
- The Labor leader's spokesman said he was "healthy and showing no symptoms".
Union leader Keir Starmer was forced to self-isolate and work from home until mid-December after a member of his private office tested positive for coronavirus.
According to government recommendations, the 58-year-old has had to stay home for 14 days since Tuesday the last time he had contact with the infected person.
He is "healthy and showing no symptoms" and will be out of self-isolation by December 16.
Union leader Keir Starmer, 58, had to self-isolate and work from home until mid-December after a member of his private office tested positive for coronavirus
A spokesman for the politician said: "This afternoon, Keir Starmer was advised to self-isolate after an employee of his private office tested positive for the coronavirus.
& # 39; Keir is fine and showing no symptoms. He'll be working from home now. & # 39;
It is understood that several people on Sir Keir's team will need to self-isolate, although his office has a rotation system to ensure contacts are limited.
A source said it was an "irritant" but they were "used to it". Sir Keir was forced to isolate himself in September when a member of his own household needed a test.
It has yet to be decided whether Sir Keir will virtually participate in the Commons procedure next week or whether tasks will be handed over to Vice-Chair Angela Rayner.
There are important debates and votes on the Single Market Act and PMQs. It is believed that he would prefer to take PMQs virtually.
Sir Keir pictured arriving on Thursday for a visit to the Portsmouth Gin Distillery in Southsea, Portsmouth. He saw gin production and also how the company made hand sanitizer during the Covid-19 pandemic
The Labor Party leader during a visit to the Portsmouth Gin Distillery in Southsea on Thursday. It is understood that several people on Sir Keir's team must self-isolate
"We're going to ask the spokesman to see what we can do," a source said. "Then we will decide."
Ms. Rayner represented Sir Keir when he was forced to self-isolate in September, but Boris Johnson recently video-linked the meeting when he was forced into quarantine.
It follows that the Prime Minister along with six other Tory MPs also recently self-isolated after meeting on Downing Street on November 12th.
Mr Johnson was instructed by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate after Lee Anderson, the MP for Ashfield, tested positive for coronavirus.
At the time, Sir Keir said Mr Johnson was right to self-isolate, adding, "It is important that we all say we must follow the advice and guidance."