LEIGH MP James Grundy says "we must stand together" to beat the "dreadful" coronavirus outbreak.

The Conservative representative has been "heartened" to see politicians from all sides working together to support emergency legislation, in a move similar to how parties collaborated during the Second World War.

Mr Grundy, who represents Lowton East as a councillor and was due to stand down in the local elections in May, will be in contact with Wigan Council in the fight to combat COVID-19.

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He said: "As Conservative MP for Leigh, I will spare no effort to work with the Labour-run council to ensure we get through this pandemic.

"This virus does not care what your politics are, and it was heartening in Parliament on Monday to see representatives of all parties working across party lines to support this emergency legislation in a time of national crisis, as we did during the Second World War.

"We must all stand together to beat this dreadful disease, and I intend to do my part, working with my political opponents until the people of our nation, and our community, are safe once again."