UK coronavirus live: Matt Hancock to give statement with London set to move into tier 2 on Saturday

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Matt Hancock’s Commons observation

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London Tory MPs expressed fury at the name with well being minister Helen Whatley this morning about being “close out” of discussions about new restrictions at the capital, announcing they felt the federal government “did not make the case” for the brand new restrictions.

One MP stated the federal government used to be “making Keir Starmer’s case for him” and wondered why the capital used to be no longer having restrictions on a borough-by-borough foundation if the federal government’s intention used to be focused native motion.

Any other stated it used to be a “nationwide lockdown by means of stealth” by means of hanging hundreds of thousands of folks underneath localised restrictions. The MP stated ministers had been additionally having a look at restrictions on spaces the place there have been vital commuters into the capital. “That is known as the entire of the south-east of England,” one MP stated.

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There’s some confusion as to why Lancashire has it seems that escaped going into tier three, the “very prime chance” class, which shuts pubs and bars (see 11.05am) – specifically given the county has one of the perfect an infection charges in England, with Burnley now the 3rd worst affected native authority in England, after Nottingham and Knowsley in Merseyside, with 554.four instances consistent with 100,000 folks. The bottom fee within the county, Fylde, remains to be lovely prime, at 200 instances consistent with 100,000.

A couple of imaginable explanations:

1. Maximum MPs within the county are Conservative – 11 to Labour’s 4 (it will be 5 if Sir Lindsay Hoyle wasn’t the impartial speaker). Normally, however no longer solely talking, Tories are inherently hostile to anything else which imposes restrictions on folks’s freedom. A few of them lift substantial clout, akin to the previous Northern Powerhouse minister, Jake Berry, and the HS2 minister, Andrew Stephenson.

2. Lancashire county council’s chief, Geoff Driving force, is at the proper of the Conservative birthday party.

three. Lancashire leaders have no longer been just about as vocal in opposing the federal government’s method, while Andy Burnham has been on small screen television from morning time til nightfall within the closing week. The federal government will probably be very reluctant to be observed to “give in” to him and Higher Manchester’s Labour leaders.

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