Labour MP Stephen Kinnock blasted by cops after travelling to dad’s 78th birthday party during coronavirus lockdown – The Sun

A LABOUR MP has been slammed by cops after driving to his dad's 78th birthday bash during coronavirus lockdown.

Stephen Kinnock posted snap of himself and his parents as they marked the occasion with his wife, former Prime Minister of Denmark Helen Thorning-Schmidt.

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The MP could be seen sitting 2m apart from his mum Glenys, an ex-MEP, and dad former Labour leader Neil.

He said: "Dad turned 78 today. Incredible, but true.

“@HelleThorning_S and I took a couple of chairs over, and sat in their front garden for a socially distanced celebration.

“As you do. Happy birthday, mate.”

But despite practising social distancing, the Aberavon MP received a ticking off by cops who have been urging Brits to stay home in a bid to stop the spread of the killer bug.

South Wales Police tweeted: "Hello @SKinnock we know celebrating your Dad’s birthday is a lovely thing to do, however this is not essential travel.

“We all have our part to play in this, we urge you to comply with @GOVUK restrictions, they are in place to keep us all safe. Thank you.”

Kinnock has since come out to defend himself – claiming the journey was "essential" as he was delivering supplies to his parents.

The MP added: "I stayed long enough to sing 'happy birthday' to Dad, and I was off.

"All the best, Stephen."

Police have been cracking down on Brits flouting strict lockdown laws with extra patrols and social media shaming as the grim death toll in the UK today rose to 1,228 with 19,522 positive Covid-19 cases.

Derbyshire Police today tweeted pictures from a house party they busted filled with 25 adults and children singing karaoke.

Crawley Police said they had "attended a number of reports of parties in houses and neighbour gatherings".

The force also tweeted a warning about pubs inviting boozers to paid lock-ins, despite the government ordering public venues to close.

In Cardiff, police were today forced to break up a football match in the park as they played in close contact and tackled each other for the ball.

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Brits have been told to stay home for at least three weeks except for "very limited purposes" – but police across the UK revealed they have been forced to break up gatherings as some people continue to flout the rules.

On Monday, Brits were told they could only leave the house to buy essential items, take a bout of exercise per day or go to work if they were a key worker.

Last night, Boris Johnson warned things would "get worse before they get better," suggesting tougher lockdown measures will be enforced if needed.

In a letter being sent out to British households this week, the PM writes: “It’s important for me to level with you — we know things will get worse before they get better."

He adds: "We will not hesitate to go further if that is what the scientific and medical advice tells us we must do.”

The UK's coronavirus restrictions could now last for six months, the deputy chief medical officer has warned.

Dr Jenny Harries refused to rule out extending the lockdown, and suggested the restrictions would depend on the peak of the virus.




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