ON the same day that Tobias Ellwood, Tory MP for Bournemouth was telling the public to stay away from his local beach, Redcar’s MP Jacob Young was urging everyone to go to the seaside and local pubs as soon as they officially can (Echo, June 26).

His colleague Simon Clarke went one step further and said it is everyone’s “patriotic duty” to do so after July 4, albeit while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Cue crowded beaches on the next hot day, drunk revellers and second pandemic spike.

More mixed messages, or could it be that they believe after drinking enough alcohol everyone will forget the Government’s mishandling of the PPE supply chain, care home crisis, test and trace fiasco, schools safely reopening and the fact that the UK has Europe’s highest death rate?

Stephen Warren, Durham