UK News Boris Johnson struggling to contain Tory revolt over the tier system of coronavirus restrictions in England

01:45  28 november  2020
01:45  28 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Boris Johnson is struggling to quell a growing Conservative revolt over plans to enforce tough coronavirus restrictions across almost all of England after the lockdown ends on Wednesday.

Although ministers promised that some areas could move down a tier before Christmas, the rebellion against the scheme was intensifying after more than 50 Tory MPs publicly registered their alarm over the move.

The scale of the backlash against his proposals could leave the Prime Minister in the politically embarrassing position of depending on Labour votes to win a majority for the new system in a Commons vote on Tuesday.

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Damian Green, the former First Secretary of State, warned Mr Johnson that he could be facing “the biggest rebellion of this Parliament” over the issue.

Mr Green and six other Tory MPs from Kent are demanding a rethink, while MPs from Warwickshire, Derbyshire, Worcestershire, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Greater Manchester have all protested that their areas have been unfairly treated by being put in either tier two or tier three.

Rural areas ‘punished’ for urban infection rates

Their common message is that the system is a crude measure which punishes rural and suburban areas with low infection rates by lumping them together with urban areas with high prevalence of Covid-19.

Mr Johnson acknowledged the system was “frustrating” for people in places with low virus levels, but argued: “If you did it any other way .. you would divide the country up into loads and loads of very complicated sub-divisions. There has got to be some simplicity and clarity in the way we do this.”

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He added: “Our experience is that, when a high incidence area is quite close to a low incidence area, unless you beat the problem in the high incidence area, the low incidence area, I’m afraid, starts to catch up.”

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The Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick, said areas where the tiering decision had been “finely-balanced” could move down when the system is reviewed on 16 December.

“In those places and perhaps others in the country, if people do follow the rules and if we do make the tiered system work, there is every reason to believe that they could de-escalate and go down a tier in time for Christmas,” he said.

Disgruntled shires — One tier doesn’t fit all

  • Kent — The county was placed in the highest tier after Swale and Thanet recorded England’s highest infection rates. Other parts of the county are below the national average.
  • Warwickshire — The West Midlands county has leapt from tier one to tier three apparently because of high virus levels in the north and in neighbouring Solihull.
  • Greater Manchester — All 10 boroughs return to tier three after the lockdown ends. Yet Trafford and Stockport are recording rates below the national average.
  • Derbyshire — The entire county is being put into the top tier despite low levels in some rural areas. Pauline Latham, the Mid Derbyshire MP, has attacked the “totally illogical” system.
  • North Somerset — Local MPs have hit out after the area was placed in tier three because it is categorised as a “natural travel to work area” to Bristol which has high virus levels.
  • Devon MPs have protested after the county was assessed as tier two. Parts of Devon have a lower infection rate than neighbouring Cornwall, which is in tier one.

Tier switch would be ‘premature’

But Prof John Edmunds of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies said it would be premature to switch areas between tiers before Christmas.

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“I can’t imagine there will be huge changes at that point just simply because I don’t think we will have accumulated much data by then,” he said.

Susan Crossland, president of the Society of Acute Medicine, said: “I am still hoping that people will keep mixing to a minimum over the Christmas period. It is very difficult when several MPs are asking for leniency in their constituencies and this is one occasion that I agree with the Prime Minister that we are ‘all in this together’.”

Supply of rapid tests is adequate, says PM

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Boris Johnson has insisted that he is confident the supply of quick-result coronavirus tests will be sufficient to meet the demand for them in the drive to push down infection rates.

Areas placed in tier three – including much of the North of England and the Midlands – when the English lockdown is eased on Wednesday will be eligible for “lateral flow” tests, which return results within about 20 minutes without processing by a laboratory. More than 23 million people are to be placed into the highest level of restrictions.

The testing programme is seen as essential for identifying asymptomatic carriers of the virus. Mr Johnson said: “We’ve got tens of, perhaps hundreds of, millions of lateral flow tests coming into this country. We already have a huge stockpile.

“The difficulty is not the supply at the moment, the difficulty is actually working with local government, local communities to get them doing it.”

Speaking after visiting a Public Health England laboratory in Porton Down, Wiltshire, he said: “I’ve been talking to some scientists – we are seeing real progress on a UK-made lateral flow test.

“We’re now quite there yet but in the months ahead we’ll be making them in this country as well.

“So the supply I don’t think is going to be the problem. The issue is going to be getting everybody mobilised, to understand the potential advantages of mass community testing.”

Boris Johnson 'overruled Michael Gove call to put London in Tier 3' .
London was put in Tier 2 when the allocations were announced yesterday, giving some relief to the battered economy and hospitality industry. However, Matt Hancock made clear it had been a borderline decision, and warned there was a 'lot of work to do' for it to stay in the lower bracket. Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove, regarded as a leading 'Dove' in the top ranks of government, is believed to have pushed for London to be in the harshest bracket at a key meeting on Wednesday. But Mr Johnson - a former mayor of the city - went against his judgement, according to the Telegraph.

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