World Boris Johnson Hit by Lockdown Revolt From More Than 50 Tories

02:50  27 october  2020
02:50  27 october  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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More than 50 Conservative MPs in 'red wall' constituencies are demanding a 'Our constituents have been some of the hardest hit by this virus with many losing jobs, businesses, and livelihoods. A letter to Boris Johnson from the Northern Research Group - a newly-launched alliance of Tory MPs led by

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(Bloomberg) -- More than 50 of Boris Johnson’s own Conservative members of Parliament have demanded a clear route out of lockdown for parts of northern Britain that helped give his party a majority in last year’s election.

In a letter to the prime minister, the MPs warned that his pandemic strategy of targeting local areas with restrictions was disproportionately damaging the economies of northern regions of the country and deepening the divide between the north and the wealthier south.

The MPs reminded Johnson of his promises to “level up” disadvantaged parts of the country, which helped persuade voters in former industrial heartlands last December to back his Tories instead of the opposition Labour Party many had supported for decades.

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“Our constituents have been some of the worst affected by Covid, with many losing jobs and businesses,” the letter, coordinated by former minister Jake Berry, said. “We urge you to reflect carefully on our promise to people living in the north during the last election with the leveling-up agenda and make our region central to the country’s economic recovery.”

The MPs, all from northern, England, north Wales and the Scottish borders, called for a “clear roadmap” out of local lockdowns and a dedicated northern economic recovery plan, with investment in rail and other infrastructure projects.

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Johnson has actually toughened the lockdown much more than he has eased it. The most significant change to the status quo came when he confirmed reports that The view of Boris Johnson ’s speech from senior police sources was that key parts of their role in enforcing the lockdown were in effect over.

BORIS JOHNSON is under threat of a party uprising from 100 MPs over his handling of the free school meals fiasco. One former minister told The Daily Telegraph: “Potentially, there are more than 100 MPs who are with us on this one. “The WhatsApp groups that I’m on are just going crazy with anger at

For so many Tories to go public and back a coordinated set of demands shows the scale of disquiet in Johnson’s own party over his coronavirus strategy. The premier has been battling resistance from local leaders and mayors over his decision to impose strict restrictions on regions in the north including the city of Manchester.

Johnson insists that his policy of local lockdowns -- organized into three tiers of restrictions -- is better than hitting the entire country with a second economically disastrous national lockdown. But local politicians regard it as unfair and some Tories worry the strategy will cost them support.

“We are absolutely committed to leveling up across the country and building back better after coronavirus,” a spokesman for Johnson’s office said in a statement. “We stood at the last election on a solemn promise that we would improve people’s lives, and although the pandemic has meant 2020 is not the year we all hoped it would be, our ambitions for the country are unchanged.”

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