Andy Burnham praises Tory rebels ‘taking right stance’ against Boris in challenge to PM

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The Government’s proposals for an updated coronavirus tier system when the national lockdown ends on December 2 have sparked fury from all parties, including their own. Some Conservative MPs are planning to vote against the tiers, prompting the Government to promise more money for pubs and restaurants and publish an impact assessment of the plan. However, Labour’s Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, told the BBC’s Today show that he “challenged” the approach Boris Johnson is taking.

Speaking about his region’s own Tier 3 allocation, he said: “I can’t dispute the evidence at the moment because we are above the England average.

“But what I do challenge is the way this is being done.

“The Government are doing to the country in December what they did to Greater Manchester in October, and that is to railroad it into a punishing underfunded lockdown that will severely damage the hospitality industry.

“I hope some Conservative MPs now can understand why we took the stance we did back then, and I would say they are right to take the stance they’re taking now.”

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