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Tories ‘spreading misinformation’ about Welsh lockdown, Labour member claims

26 Oct 2020 2 minute read
Alun Davies AM. Picture by the National Assembly. (CC BY 2.0)

Conservatives are “deliberately” spreading misinformation about the Welsh Government’s ‘fire break’ lockdown rather than “working to save lives,” according to a Labour member of the Welsh Parliament.

Blaenau Gwent MS Alun Davies said that many politicians and journalists had retweeted Tesco’s false claim that they could not sell period products as they were not essential, without correcting the information.

Tesco have now corrected the misapprehension after the Welsh Government said that any product sold in a pharmacy, which remain open, could also be sold in a supermarket.

“The curious thing about that Tesco’s Twitter nonsense this morning was that I knew it was wrong immediately,” Alun Davies said.

“I knew it was wrong because I have read the regulations. But the Tories and journalists and others retweeted a story without checking it and so misinformation spreads.

“This reflects especially poorly on the journalists and Tories who should have known better.

“But it also demonstrates that the Tories’ objective here is to spread misinformation rather than to work to save lives. It also demonstrates that they haven’t read the regulations they are complaining about.”



Welsh Conservative health spokesperson, Andrew RT Davies however said the “chaos and confusion” was a direct result of the Welsh Labour Government’s “barmy ban”.

Andrew RT Davies MS said that the Welsh Government should ditch the ban.

“No woman should be put through such an experience and sadly this chaos and confusion is a direct result of the Welsh Labour Government’s barmy ban on non-essential retail,” he said.

“This ludicrous policy has caused real anger and it’s not fair on staff working in our supermarkets and the general Welsh public who are now at their wit’s end with Labour ministers.

“The Welsh Labour Government has rushed out a policy that was not even understood by the country’s largest supermarket and that’s the fault of the First Minister and his colleagues.

“This ban must be dropped today.”

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