Labour launches campaign against 'historic mistake' of ending furlough

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Opposition seeks to protect jobs as it urges government to keep helping worst-hit sectors

Labour has launched a high-profile campaign over mass job losses caused by coronavirus, saying the gradual removal of the employment furlough scheme is a “historic mistake” that will significantly affect many sectors.

Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, will officially launch what the party is calling the “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” campaign on Friday, with a visit to a company in Peterborough.

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