Boris Johnson & # 39; overruled calls by Michael Gove to put London in Tier 3 & # 39; after Tory MPs warned of economic collapse in the capital
- Boris Johnson reportedly outvoted Michael Gove to bring London to Tier 2
- Tory MPs had urged the capital to be kept out of the highest bracket
- PM faces massive rebellions from its own banks across 99% of the country at the top levels
Boris Johnson has overruled Michael Gove's call to put London under the toughest coronavirus lockdown after lobbying by Tory MPs.
The capital was ranked Tier 2 when the allotments were announced yesterday, which gave some relief to the troubled economy and hospitality industry.
Matt Hancock made it clear, however, that it was a borderline decision and warned that "there would be a lot of work to be done" to stay on the lower end.
Cabinet minister Michael Gove, who is considered one of the leading "doves" in the top ranks of the government, is said to have urged London to be in the hardest bracket at an important meeting on Wednesday. But Mr Johnson – a former city mayor – contradicted his verdict, according to the Telegraph.
Neighboring Kent has been moved to Tier 3 despite being angry that it spans many areas with low infection rates.
It is believed that cabinet minister Michael Gove (right), considered one of the leading "doves" in the top ranks of the government, has pushed for London to be in the hardest bracket. But Boris Johnson (left) – a former mayor of the city – is said to have violated his judgment
Matt Hancock made it clear that adding London to Tier 2 had been a borderline decision, warning that it was "a lot of work to do" to keep it in the lower bracket
Sources close to Mr Gove on Wednesday refused to comment on discussions in the Covid O Cabinet Committee – despite not denying that he had proposed that London should be placed in Tier 3. It has been claimed that the capital was treated more leniently than other areas with similar infection rates.
Downing Street has denied that the ruling on London was influenced by economic or political concerns.
But in the run-up to the animal assignments, Tory MPs and mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey had called for it to be rated Tier 2. Many requested that the city be treated from city to city.
There have been warnings that placing the capital in Tier 3 would wipe out half of the city's hospitality industry and set off a “nuclear bomb” of job losses after Christmas.
Lead restaurateur Richard Caring, who owns chains like The Ivy and Bill & # 39; s, said he was "very glad" that London was in Tier 2, but if it had been in Tier 3 we "might as well have that Being able to turn off the light ".
Labor Mayor Sadiq Khan, who is eligible for re-election in May, said it was the "right decision" because "Londoners have done exactly what has been asked of them since the start of this pandemic".
The split arose with Mr Johnson at war with his own MPs over virus restrictions that could keep 99 percent of the country in "virtual lockdown" until spring.
Up to 70 Tory MPs threaten to rebel in a crucial vote next week after only Cornwall, the Isle of Wight and the Isles of Scilly were ranked Tier 1. This means households can socialize indoors and pubs can serve alcohol without meals.
Senior Tories warned the Prime Minister of the "biggest uprising in this Parliament" on Tuesday.
Rural places like the village of Penshurst in Kent, which had just three cases last week, were placed in the third tier because they are subject to a local authority with high rates of infection.
The prime minister hit back at a press conference last night warning that the UK could face a third national lockdown in January if people don't stick to the harsh new regime.
Mr Johnson at war with his own MPs over animal assignments, which means 99 percent of the country is below the two toughest levels
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