A Bolton MP has called for front line public sector workers to receive a pay rise due to their efforts during the coronavirus.

Yasmin Qureshi, MP for Bolton South East, has backed this call by UNISON for an immediate pay rise of £2,000 for all NHS staff, after receiving letters from her constituents asking for her backing.

Ms Qureshi said: "I believe that front line public sector workers should receive a pay rise, not least because of their essential work during the coronavirus pandemic. Since March, they have been in harm's way, protecting and serving the country.

"I don’t think that the Government is properly compensating frontline public sector workers, whose vital work has kept the country going and saved lives."