ONS figures published today have revealed the mortality rate for COVID-19 in the most deprived areas of England was double the rate in the least deprived.
Liberal Democrat MP and leadership candidate Layla Moran said:
"These stark figures have exposed a shameful postcode lottery, with more deprived areas suffering the most from the impact of Covid-19.
"The poorest and most vulnerable in our society have paid the biggest price for the government's failures, from lack of PPE to the delay to lockdown.
"We need an urgent inquiry into what went wrong so that lessons can be learnt ahead of a potential second wave. This needs to consider why more deprived areas have been so badly affected and what can be done to better protect them."