Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

"Michael Fabricant's attempt to defend the indefensible actions of the Prime Minister and Chancellor are as insulting as they are offensive.

"Teachers, nurses and the vast majority of the British public followed the rules set by Boris Johnson and his Government. NEU members have gone above and beyond during the pandemic to keep the education system running and will be furious at this attempt to tar them with the same brush as law breakers in Downing Street."

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