Follow Covid rules so students can go home for Christmas, says minister

Oliver Dowden says everyone must follow rules after Labour urges promise on ‘unfair’ restrictions

University students should be able to return home to their families at Christmas if the country “pulls together” and observes the new coronavirus rules, a cabinet minister has said.

The government is under pressure to guarantee young people are not confined to their halls of residence over the festive period because of Covid-19 outbreaks on campuses.

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