Labour U-turns on school plan as Ashworth defies own party to demand face masks for pupils

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Despite no Government guidance on the matter, a school in Holmes Chapel is now asking for staff and pupils to wear face coverings as part of their coronavirus precautions.

This comes as the Government has announced that ending school closures and re-starting education in September will be an “absolute priority”.

Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth called for the implementation of a face mask policy in direct contrast to his own party’s Shadow Education Secretary.

Kate Green maintained that the UK’s scientific advice did not deem the plan necessary, and so the use should not become mandatory, despite union pressure.

The NASUWT teaching union suggested that older students should be made to wear face masks as children over 11 are now required to wear masks in other settings.

When asked for his own stance, Mr Ashworth told BBC Breakfast: “There are other countries around the world that are suggesting face coverings.

“If schools think that is appropriate then I would support that.”

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