Jeremy Vine caller bursts into tears over Covid rules and will ‘never again’ back Boris

Coronavirus: Vine caller emotionally recalls losing his mother

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Caller Simon rang into Jeremy Vine on 5 and explained how his mother was living in a care home in August and how he was able to visit her as restrictions had been lifted. Sadly, Simon revealed she had suffered a recent mild heart attack and was unable to visit her in the hospital because of the coronavirus restrictions before she eventually died. The caller could not hold back his emotion and began crying on the show before questioning why should the public follow the rules if those in power have been found flouting them.

Presenter Claudia-Liza, who was sitting in on Jeremy Vine’s show, asked the public for their opinions on new restrictions potentially being introduced over Christmas which saw Simon ring in.

The caller told the programme: “My mother was in a care home in August and I used to go see her every evening, the week before last I developed a really bad cold so I didn’t see her that week to pass it on to her.

“A week ago Sunday, she had a mild heart attack so she was taken to hospital, she was ok but I couldn’t see her… sorry it is still very raw…

“Then on Tuesday evening, I got a phone call saying she passed away… I couldn’t say goodbye to her…

“So why should people like me follow the rules if people who are supposed to be setting the example are deliberating flouting them.”

Ms Liza then asked Simon how he felt after the Guardian published images of Boris Johnson and his staff sitting in the Downing Street garden in May 2020.

Household mixing was limited to two people at the time and they could only meet outdoors and with a 2-metre social distance put in place.

No10 insists the photo shows a work meeting, which would get around the rules, despite cheese and wine being on display.

Simon said: “That is absolutely dreadful, I follow the rules and if I had seen that photo last week I would have been at the hospital…

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“And I voted for Boris last time, never again, I won’t vote for the Tories ever again.”

A Downing Street spokesperson said: “In the summer months Downing Street staff regularly use the garden for some meetings. On 15 May 2020 the prime minister held a series of meetings throughout the afternoon, including briefly with the then health and care secretary and his team in the garden following a press conference.

“The prime minister went to his residence shortly after 7pm. A small number of staff required to be in work remained in the Downing Street garden for part of the afternoon and evening.”

The image also comes after the Mirror published photos of Tory staff, including London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey, at a Christmas party last year as tier 2 restrictions were in place.

Reports of other Christmas parties from last year have also begun to emerge with the Department for Education admitting it held a gathering for staff.

Boris Johnson is also facing an internal party war with lockdown sceptic MPs after seeing nearly a hundred of them vote against his Covid certification plans earlier this month.

Former Brexit minister Lord David Frost resigned this weekend, citing political differences between him and the Government on COVID-19 rules.

The Prime Minister is conducting several emergency meetings with experts and advisers in the lead up to Christmas as he weighs up whether to introduce curfews.

The UK recorded 82,886 COVID-19 cases on Sunday and 45 deaths.

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