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UK News MPs to vote on England's new lockdown - as PM faces Tory backlash

10:25  04 november  2020
10:25  04 november  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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A vote on whether England will go into lockdown at midnight is set to be held by MPs later today, with Government expected to win despite up to 15 Tory MPs will vote today on whether England will go into new lockdown for a month. Chris Whitty backs lockdown , admits it is 'economically and socially

MPs will vote later on the government' s month-long lockdown in England , amid growing unease among Conservatives about the economic and social impact. The restrictions will come into force just after midnight if approved, and will last until 2 December. Pubs, restaurants, gyms and non-essential

Boris Johnson will today urge MPs to approve England's new lockdown - but the prime minister is continuing to face a backlash from his own Conservative MPs over the fresh shutdown.

Following a 90-minute debate on the new national measures, the House of Commons will on Wednesday afternoon vote on whether to give a second lockdown the go-ahead.

If approved, pubs, bars, restaurants and non-essential shops will close across England on Thursday and stay shut until 2 December.

And - for the next four weeks - people will be told to stay at home apart from when attending school, college, university, work or to go food shopping.

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Boris Johnson' s plan to plunge England back into lockdown was savaged by Tory MPs as they claimed the Boris Johnson facing Tory backlash over plans to impose new national lockdown . MPs are due to vote on lockdown on Wednesday and Sir Keir Starmer today confirmed that Labour

A SECOND lockdown has been announced by Boris Johnson, so when will MPs vote on the new Mr Johnson is expected to face backlash from some members of his own party when MPs vote on Now MPs will also be given the opportunity to vote on the second national lockdown proposed from

a sign on the side of a road: People in England will be urged to stay at home from Thursday © Getty People in England will be urged to stay at home from Thursday

The vote comes after the UK reported 397 daily coronavirus deaths - the highest number since May.

There is little chance of the prime minister seeing MPs fail to back his plans, with Labour set to support the new measures.

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But Wednesday's debate will give Tory MPs opposed to a new lockdown another chance to voice their criticism of the prime minister's coronavirus strategy.

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England ’ s most senior faith leaders have challenged the government’s decision to ban communal worship New national restrictions are due to come into effect in England on Thursday, after MPs vote on People could face fines from police for leaving their home without a legally permitted excuse.

A crunch vote is due on the lockdown plan on Wednesday, with dozens of Tories threatening to oppose the rules. But Sir Keir has said Labour will vote with Government, meaning the The intervention came as Mr Johnson faces the wrath of Conservative MPs enraged by the 'evil' new rules.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer might also use Prime Minister's Questions, which precedes the Commons lockdown debate, to again ask why Mr Johnson ignored his calls for an earlier "circuit break" shutdown.

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The prime minister has resisted calls to exempt some outdoor sports - such as tennis and golf - from the shutdown.

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Meanwhile, more than 1,000 church ministers and leaders wrote to Mr Johnson on Tuesday to urge him to reverse his decision to ban services and only allow individual prayer in places of worship.

One of the Conservative lockdown rebels, Sir Charles Walker, told Sky News this week that 15 Tory MPs would vote against the new measures for England.

Mr Johnson was on Tuesday given a taste of the backlash he is set to face from those within his own party.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 03: People walk at Oxford Street before the 2nd national lockdown which was announced to imposed to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in central London, United Kingdom on November 03, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) © 2020 Anadolu Agency LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 03: People walk at Oxford Street before the 2nd national lockdown which was announced to imposed to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in central London, United Kingdom on November 03, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

During a Westminster Hall debate, Tory MPs used the Commons' annexe to let rip at the prime minister's approach to the pandemic.

Richard Drax, the South Dorset MP, accused the government of putting the country on a "rollercoaster ride of lockdowns and release" until a COVID-19 vaccine is found.

He compared lockdown to "house arrest" and claimed "a draconian, onerous and invasive set of rules and regulations now govern our very existence".

Bob Seely, the Isle of Wight MP, said that those who believed England would exit lockdown on 2 December were "living in a parallel universe".

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 03: People walk at Oxford Street before the 2nd national lockdown which was announced to imposed to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in central London, United Kingdom on November 03, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) © 2020 Anadolu Agency LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 03: People walk at Oxford Street before the 2nd national lockdown which was announced to imposed to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in central London, United Kingdom on November 03, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

"Three years ago, 22,000 people died of winter flu," he added.

"According to the logic of some people in this House, we effectively have to shut down our lives for six months of the year in case people die.

"I just think it's a bizarrely dangerous precedent we're going down - that government now effectively believes it can halt death."

Chris Green, the Bolton West MP, criticised the "somewhat erratic nature" of the government's COVID-19 response.

"In Bolton, we have been through the national lockdown restrictions, the Greater Manchester local lockdown and the Bolton economic lockdown," he said.

"We came back out into the Manchester lockdown and went into Tier 2, then Tier 3.

"Before we know it, we will be in another national lockdown."

At a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Mr Johnson urged his top ministers to use the lockdown to "develop solutions that in the previous lockdown did not exist", such as mass COVID-19 testing.

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Stay alert to stop coronavirus spreading - here is the latest government guidance. If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.

Police storm in to arrest anti-lockdown protestors in Manchester .
The protest, in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, got underway at around 1pm on Sunday with Greater Manchester Police issuing a dispersal order as hundreds of people attended.The protest, in Piccadilly Gardens, got underway at around 1pm on Sunday with Greater Manchester Police issuing a dispersal order.

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