Lisa Nandy MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, calling on Dominic Raab to name a minister to run the Foreign Office while he deputises for the Prime Minister, said:
“We all welcome the news that the Prime Minister has left intensive care and send our best wishes as he continues his recovery.
“Over the coming days and weeks, decisions will need to be taken in real time to coordinate a response to this crisis that will rightly demand the full attention of Dominic Raab and his team.
“It is crucial, however, that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continues to function effectively during this period. This is a global crisis and demands a global response.
“In addition, the swift and safe repatriation of UK citizens currently stranded overseas must be an absolute priority. There is growing concern that thousands of people are not able to access the support and advice they urgently need to return home. They must not be left to face this crisis alone.
“We are calling on Dominic Raab to immediately name a minister with responsibility for the day to day running of the Foreign Office while he deputises for the Prime Minister. This is to ensure we can support our citizens around the world and demonstrate the leadership necessary to overcome the challenges ahead.”