Keir Starmer mentioned John Robinson today (19th April) from the Lichfield constituency whose wife died of Covid and I raised it in the House of Commons too. “We all had many friends and relatives who tragically died from Covid” says Michael Fabricant.
The Leader of the Opposition said “This morning I spoke to John Robinson, a constituent of the hon. Member for Lichfield (Michael Fabricant), and I want to tell the House his story.
“When his wife died of covid, John and his family obeyed the Prime Minister’s rules. He did not see her in hospital; he did not hold her hand as she died. Their daughters and grandchildren drove 100 miles up the motorway, clutching a letter from the funeral director in case they were questioned by the police. They did not have a service in church, and John’s son-in-law stayed away because he would have been the forbidden seventh mourner.”
Michael Fabricant said a few minutes later in the House of Commons: “I was desperately sad to hear about my constituent John Robinson. My own best friend’s mother died in hospital, and he wasn’t able to see her. And I do recall of course that the Prime Minister’s mother also died during that Covid crisis. We’ve all suffered from these heart-wrenching tragedies, and none of us should forget it.”