Following these exchanges, Cllr Tutt issued a statement questioning Ms Caulfield’s post, saying she was “either failing to keep herself informed or seeking to defend the government”.
He said: “I am frequently asked questions about the availability of PPE in East Sussex and have been doing my best to keep track of what is happening.
“Whilst I am not aware of anywhere running out locally my understanding is that stocks are dangerously low and that promises of deliveries have often failed to materialise.
“Whilst I suspect that the government is well aware of this issue, I do not believe that comments reported to have been made by Lewes MP Maria Caulfield, which suggest that there is not a problem, are helpful.
“Clearly resolving this issue must be a key priority for the government in order to protect those on the frontline of the fight against Covid-19 who are risking their own lives to protect others.”Those people 'on the frontline' includes the MP herself. Who's a nurse.
Ms Caulfield said: “I worked the whole weekend on the ward in my hospital and we had no shortage of PPE .
“I can only share my experience from the front line. It’s a shame the Lib Dems want to play politics with this.
“I also spoke to Dr Adrian Bull as the chief executive of the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT) locally and they also have all the PPE they need.”I know LibDumbs are usually monumentally thick (or they wouldn't be in that party in the first place) but this is surely a new record?