A HUGE Tory rebellion is on the cards tonight when parliament votes on bringing in the new tiered ‘stealth lockdown’.
As many as 100 Conservative MPs could vote against the controversial plans, although Boris Johnson’s comfortable majority in the Commons means the new restrictions are still almost certain to pass.
He won’t have Opposition support masking the scale of the rebellion, however, as Labour leader Keir Starmer ordered his party to abstain from the vote as the new rules failed to sufficiently support businesses.
Many Tory MPs were livid when ministers finally released the impact assessment that led to them plunging 99% of the UK into draconian tier 2 and tier 3 lockdown tiers tomorrow, as it contained no new information.
Chief Tory rebel Mark Harper said the “wheels are coming off” the policy as a result of the Government’s failure to properly justify the new tier system.
Although the national lockdown is formally lifted tomorrow, 99% of the population will still find themselves living under harsh lockdown-style conditions in tiers 2 and 3.
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100 TORY MPS THREATEN TO VOTE AGAINST TIER SYSTEM
Boris Johnson is battling the biggest Tory rebellion of his premiership after a ‘cut and paste’ impact report on the Tiers system failed to quell a revolt.
A hundred Tory MPs are threatening to vote down the ‘draconian’ new rules later today – with Labour piling the pressure on the PM by abstaining.
Furious MPs blasted the tough new Tiers system again yesterday – as the Government admitted they have no idea about the huge economic hit it would have.
Mr Johnson is now facing his biggest Tory revolt since he became PM with at least 75 demanding changes to the system.
Labour will lay bare Tory divisions by abstaining in tonight’s crunch votes on the new regional system.
BRITS GIVEN VOUCHERS AS REWARD FOR GETTING TESTED
Brits will be handed shopping vouchers and could be offered the chance to meet with family by getting tested for Covid in areas with high infections.
Councils in Tier 3 would be paid £14 for each test to encourage mass coronavirus screening for millions of people.
They could lure people to come forward and get tested with “discount schemes with local businesses”, a new government document says.
The government wants to conduct up to two million tests a day by the end of the year.
Online travel agent LastMinute is paying back £7million to customers who has holidays cancelled amid the coronavirus crisis.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been investigating the firm after receiving hundreds of complaints from holidaymakers about cancellation refunds.
More than 9,000 customers whose holidays were cancelled by the website are currently waiting for refunds worth more than £7million.
Daily coronavirus cases are down by a third in a week as England enters a new Tier system on Wednesday.
Yesterday 12,330 infections were recorded in the past 24 hours with 205 Covid related deaths.
The death toll from yesterday was a slight decrease from the Sunday’s tally of 215.
From Wednesday all of England will again be divided into a three-tier system designed to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Almost all of the country will be plunged into tougher Tier 2 and 3 rules.
The Health Secretary stressed the tougher Tiers were essential – and only three areas, Cornwall, the Isle of Wight and the Isle of Scilly, will be in the lowest Tier.
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