Labour MP Stephen Kinnock told off by South Wales Police online over ‘non-essential travel’
Aberavon Labour MP Stephen Kinnock has been told off by South Wales Police online after he travelled to his father’s house to celebrate his birthday.
The son of former Labour leader Neil Kinnock posted a message saying that he and his wife, former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, had made the journey.
He tweeted: “Dad turned 78 today. Incredible, but true. Helle and I took a couple of chairs over, and sat in their front garden for a socially distanced celebration. As you do. Happy birthday, mate.”
South Wales Police replied: “Hello Stephen Kinnock we know celebrating your Dad’s birthday is a lovely thing to do, however this is not essential travel. We all have our part to play in this, we urge you to comply with UK Government restrictions, they are in place to keep us all safe. Thank you.”
Stephen Kinnock later responded: “I felt that this was essential travel as I had to deliver some necessary supplies to my parents. I stayed long enough to sing ‘happy birthday’ to Dad, and then I was off. All the best, Stephen.”
Hello @SKinnock we know celebrating your Dad’s birthday is a lovely thing to do, however this is not essential travel. We all have our part to play in this, we urge you to comply with @GOVUK restrictions, they are in place to keep us all safe. Thank you. ^cy
— South Wales Police | #StayHomeSaveLives (@swpolice) March 29, 2020
The social distancing rules introduced by the Welsh Government mean that individuals will only be allowed to leave their home for the following very limited purposes:
- Shopping for basic necessities and supplies, which should be as infrequently as possible;
- One form of exercise a day – for example, a run, walk or cycle – alone or with members of their household;
- Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; and
- Travelling to and from work, but only where they cannot reasonably practicably work from home.