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    Britain is again in lockdown due to a spiral of new COVID19 cases. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under pressure for his government’s handling of the pandemic including from within his own Conservative Party. UK MP Bim Afolami, a junior member of the Johnson’s Conservative majority, tells Conflict Zone the government has done the best it could in dealing with the pandemic but admits the outcome has not been good. Afolami also defends the British government’s plan to break the Brexit agreeement with the EU over Northern Ireland. Chapters 00:09 Intro 00:54 UK government’s pandemic preparations 04:32 Overstressed health care system 08:15 Shoddy testing data 12:10 Fed up with the lockdown 15:00 Test and trace fiasco 16:55 “I looked at Serco in immense detail.” 20:49 House of Commons can be an agressive place 21:20 Brexit 25:30 Credits

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    Abimbola “Bim” Afolami FRSA is a British Conservative Party politician. He has served as the Member of Parliament for Hitchin and Harpenden constituency since the 2017 general election.

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    Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. It is separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George’s Channel.

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