Introduction by Richard Burgon

When the Coronavirus hit earlier this year, as one of the wealthiest countries on earth, we should have been well placed to limit the fallout. Instead, the government’s response has been catastrophic. The UK not only has one of the world’s largest death tolls but is set to be the worst-hit economically of any country in Europe.

The Coronavirus crisis has opened the eyes of millions of people to just how broken the system is. Weak public services, a failing social care system, a woeful lack of workers’ rights, a dysfunctional housing market and a hollowed-out social security system have all left us ill-prepared to deal with both the public health and linked social and economic crises.

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In their individual contributions, both new and well-established left Labour MPs outline some of their ideas on how we should respond to this crisis. Over the coming months, members of the Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs will be campaigning on many of these issues. I hope this pamphlet is read and debated widely in the labour and trade union movement and beyond and plays a part in building the campaigning movement we need to defend our communities during this crisis.

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