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It's wild wednesday! Dozens are pouring into the gym as it reopens when the lockdown ends at midnight


The people of England quickly enjoyed greater freedoms after the end of the national lockdown and were replaced by a tiered system of restrictions.

Some of the toughest fitness fanatics even hit the weights for a midnight workout when a London gym owner opened its doors at midnight.

All non-essential stores are allowed to open starting today, paving the way for a festive shopping spree that is likely to drive people back to the country's battered main streets.

A fire sale at Debenhams is expected to fuel the shopping bonanza as bargain hunters are lured in by price cuts of up to 70 percent ahead of the company's imminent liquidation after the collapse of bailout talks.

A forerunner of today's likely rush for generous discounts – as the chain reopened its soon-to-run 124 stores – was spotted last night when more than a million people flooded the store's website.

The sudden surge in activity when England lifted blanket restrictions is dubbed "Wild Wednesday" – but the vast majority of the public will still live under draconian laws.

Boris Johnson overcame the biggest Tory rebellion of his term last night for his new tier system to slacken the Commons by 291 to 78, with Labor MPs abstaining.

This heralds the government's previous strategy of dividing the country into three "alert levels" – but this time with tougher measures and with 99 percent of the country facing the two top levels.

The pubs curfew has been extended to 11 p.m., but they are grappling with the new regulations. In tier 2 they can only serve alcohol with a “substantial meal” and in tier 3 they are restricted to take away.

But despite the pandemic that is still looming in everyday life, many Britons cheered when the Freedom Shower went into effect today.

Some of the toughest fitness fanatics even hit the weights for a midnight workout when a London gym owner, Andreas Michli (pictured), who had previously been fined for breaking the lock, pushed open his doors every 12

Hundreds of thousands of shoppers have flooded the Debenhams website for generous discounts as the department store tries to clear its inventory before it finally closes

Debenhams is poised for liquidation after 242 years of trading 12,000 jobs at risk after JD Sports refused to buy the brand amid the chaos caused by the collapse of Arcadia

Hundreds of thousands of shoppers have flooded the Debenhams website for generous discounts as the department store tries to clear its inventory before it finally closes

Debenhams on Oxford Street in London last night. The 242 year old brand entered management and the stores will soon be closed

Debenhams on Oxford Street in London last night. The 242 year old brand entered management and the stores will soon be closed

Boris Johnson said there was a "compelling case" for the regional levels as he faced a Commons showdown over his new coronavirus rules

Boris Johnson overcame the biggest Tory rebellion of his term last night for his new tier system to slacken the Commons by 291 to 78, with Labor MPs abstaining

PM suffers the biggest revolt of its tenure – but wins the votes of the stages

Boris Johnson approved his brutal post-lockdown steps from the Commons last night, thanks to Sir Keir Starmer's tacit support, after witnessing the biggest Tory uprising in this Parliament when more than 50 Tories defied the whip.

The new three-tier system was signed by a margin of 291-78 and went into effect at midnight after Labor abstained from voting. Despite the complaint, the regime was not harsh enough and there was not enough support for corporate-crippled hotel companies in government shutdowns.

While the majority of the headlines 213 were healthy, the riot of 55 Tories – including the suspended Julian Lewis – made the riot the largest in this Parliament after 44 previously violated the pub curfew.

Another 17 appear to have abstained, although it is not clear how many were given permission to stay away. Sir Keir suffered his own uprising, along with Jeremy Corbyn and eight DUP politicians, in which 15 defied the whip.

Although the Labor move guaranteed victory number 10, Mr Johnson was exposed to the wrath of his own benches. If all opposition parties had voted against the government, the prime minister would have been easily defeated.

The rebellion may have permanently wiped the possibility of a blanket shutdown of the virus in the future, and likely set alarm bells in No. 10 as the Prime Minister's authority continues to wane.

When England woke up to loosening restrictions to varying degrees:

  • Cabinet Minister Michael Gove said two Scottish eggs were "an appetizer" 24 hours after Environment Secretary George Eustice said one was an essential meal for buying alcohol in Level 2 pubs, but Mr Gove added to the confusion to say later that it could also be used as the main meal;
  • Sir Keir Starmer has been accused of "politics" in the middle of the pandemic after ordering his MPs to suspend the decisive vote tonight on the rules intended to replace the lockdown.
  • Stratford-on-Avon County Council filed a legal lawsuit against Tier 3 listing.
  • Mr Gove has denied that Britons need "immunity certificates" to go to the pub – despite a colleague who raised the prospect of them yesterday;
  • Mr Gove pointed to Wales as an example of how a lockdown should not be carried out after it was announced that pubs would have to close from 6 p.m. and that alcohol beverages would no longer be allowed to sell as of Friday as the country was only a few weeks after the end of the "Fire break" stands in front of new curbs.
  • The government announced another 603 Covid deaths on Tuesday, bringing the UK to 59,051.

34-year-old gym boss Andreas Michli was attacked by supporters tonight when he opened his doors at midnight.

The owner was fined £ 67,000 and brought to justice by Haringey Council last month after taking a three-day break at the Zone Gym in Wood Green, north London, with more than 30 police officers.

But he was back in business last night, greeting around 60 people through his doors – and boasting that the prime minister had been influenced by his protest.

As the crowd lined up to get back on the treadmills, Mr Michli told MailOnline, “I have no doubt that we managed to change the Prime Minister's mind about opening gyms.

He saw what was going on and listened. But the war continues and now it's not just about gyms anymore. I feel like I'm fighting for all kinds of companies.

"So many business owners are suffering, so it's great to see here tonight the excitement and excitement that we are reopening."

One of the first to stand at the door was personal trainer Sophia Sammee (35) from Friern Barnet, North London, who said: “You can see happiness on people's faces here tonight.

"Everyone is buzzing that the lockdown is over." This gym was my home and I really wanted to be here by midnight. Andreas was brave to be open and I was proud to support him. & # 39;

Lawyer trainee Dennis Adjei-Sarpong, 26, said, “There are so many smiles here tonight that this place is open again. People just want to get lost in their workouts and fitness again. I can't wait to hit the weights myself. It's a great moment. & # 39;

The Zone Gym in Wood Green, North London, welcomed around 60 people through its doors at midnight

The Zone Gym in Wood Green, North London, welcomed around 60 people through its doors at midnight

Mr Michli told MailOnline: "I am sure that we have succeeded in changing the Prime Minister's mind about opening gyms."

Mr Michli told MailOnline: "I am sure that we have succeeded in changing the Prime Minister's mind about opening gyms."

Only 18 municipalities see Covid cases increasing

Only eighteen authorities in England have seen a surge in Covid-19 cases in the past week. This comes from official figures that question whether 99 percent of the country needs to be in the toughest two stages of lockdown.

Only eight areas – Ashford, Dover, Folkestone and Hythe, Maidstone, Medway, Tonbridge and Malling, Boston in Lincolnshire and South Ribble in Lancashire – have Tier 3 restrictions that require all pubs, bars and restaurants to close.

The other areas that have seen an increase in infections – Mendip, Torridge, Surrey Heath, Woking, Basildon, Harlow, Ipswich, North Norfolk, Peterborough and Waltham Forest – fall under the second severest category. Residents living in Tier 2 are not allowed to mix with other households indoors.

This means that the other 297 subordinate authorities in England, home to around 53 million people, saw a decrease in coronavirus cases in the seven-day period ending November 25, the last week of data.

Although Public Health England data shows Covid outbreaks are declining in the rest of the country, 55 million people will be living in either Tier 2 or Tier 3 if the national lockdown ends tomorrow.

Mr Michli amassed a fortune in solid criminal charges only to tear them apart on his Instagram channel and invite members back to his gym – just so the judges can shut him down.

Despite breaking the law during the lockdown, he said he was inundated with messages of support from well-wishers from across the country.

“I'm not paying the fine, and if the Haringey Council wants the money, they'll have to take me to court because I'm not giving a cent. I feel like the public is swaying behind me and it's an amazing feeling.

“We were expecting a big crowd at twelve because so many people on social media said they wanted to be here when the doors open.

“We had a lot of love and support from all over the country who supported us. Since we're a 24-hour gym, it made sense to open at midnight. & # 39;

Mr Michli has 1,200 members, but the social distancing rules mean he will be limited to 85 members in his gym at a time.

& # 39; We will be following government guidelines on how many people can be on the premises at one time. And we will enforce social distancing. Even so, it's a big step back to normal life. & # 39;

On Wild Wednesday, there will also be a flash of shops on the main drag as people try to buy gifts weeks before Christmas.

It's powered by a bargain bonanza from Debenhams, which cut the prices of handbags, shoes, boots, watches, and dresses.

The chain has become the youngest victim on Main Street and is being liquidated in the New Year after rescue talks with JD Sport fail. It has drawn a line under 242 years of trade and put 12,000 jobs at risk.

There was a 20 minute wait late Tuesday evening "due to exceptional demand" with over 300,000 trying to get to the site at one point and the total number of buyers exceeding a million.

A bloody year for retailers amid the pandemic peaked this week when both Debenhams and Sir Philip Green's Arcadia group collapsed.

Arcadia, which owns Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins and Burton, has taken over management and put 13,000 jobs at risk.

Boris Johnson's post-lockdown levels come into effect despite the largest Tory rebellion to date against him – 55 of his backers are voting against his plans that threaten the prospect of future lockdowns

Posted by James Tapsfield, MailOnline Political Editor

Boris Johnson approved his brutal post-lockdown steps from the Commons last night, thanks to Sir Keir Starmer's tacit support, after witnessing the biggest Tory uprising in this Parliament when more than 50 Tories defied the whip.

The new three-tier system was signed by a margin of 291-78 and went into effect at midnight after Labor abstained from voting. Despite the complaint, the regime was not harsh enough and there was not enough support for corporate-crippled hotel companies in government shutdowns.

While the majority of the headlines 213 were healthy, the riot of 55 Tories – including the suspended Julian Lewis – made the riot the largest in this Parliament after 44 previously violated the pub curfew.

Another 17 appear to have abstained, although it is not clear how many were given permission to stay away. Sir Keir suffered his own uprising, along with Jeremy Corbyn and eight DUP politicians, in which 15 defied the whip.

Although the Labor move guaranteed victory number 10, Mr Johnson was exposed to the wrath of his own benches. If all opposition parties had voted against the government, the prime minister would have been easily defeated.

The rebellion may have permanently wiped the possibility of a blanket shutdown of the virus in the future, and likely set alarm bells in No. 10 as the Prime Minister's authority continues to wane.

But Dominic Raab tried to brush aside suggestions that the government was concerned about the scale of the revolt, even though Mr Johnson personally asked dozens of Tories to stand in line as they walked through the Noe lobby.

The foreign minister instead aimed to get Labor to abstain from the crunch vote and said tonight: “We listened to the MEPs on all sides of the House and passed this vote with a majority of over 200 votes.

Mr Johnson faced a number of hostile interventions from his own benches over draconian restrictions, including by the 1922 Committee Chairman Sir Graham Brady (pictured)

Mr Johnson faced a number of hostile interventions from his own benches over draconian restrictions, including by the 1922 Committee Chairman Sir Graham Brady (pictured)

The Tory Council is commencing legal action against the Tier 3 decision

A Tory-led local authority has objected to the government's decision to add them to Tier 3 after current lockdown restrictions end.

Stratford-on-Avon County Council said it had sent Health Secretary Matt Hancock a preparatory letter for judicial review.

Stratford is the constituency of Nadhim Zahawi, the newly appointed minister in charge of introducing Covid vaccines.

Tony Jefferson, Chairman of the Council, said, “This is not a measure that we take lightly. However, none of the data we see justifies ranking the Stratford-on-Avon district at Tier 3. It is very disappointing that the government has not used this much greater granularity in deciding on levels.

“I know they looked at a number of factors, including rates in all age groups, especially the elderly, who are more susceptible to the virus. and we need to take into account the pressures on our local hospitals and NHS services.

"However, none of the metrics for our district warrant a tier 3 rating. The decision to place the Stratford district at tier 3 therefore seems arbitrary and irrational."

& # 39;The most striking thing about these numbers is that Labor Party leader Keir Starmer abstained from voting during the pandemic of the biggest problem this country is facing today. He has nothing to say about it, no leadership, he doesn't know what to think or what the country should do. & # 39;

The day was desperately spent pulling opponents away, with the prime minister hinting that many areas of low infection could be pulled out of the toughest levels at the next review on December 16.

He also offered a "one-time" payment of £ 1,000 to "wet" pubs that are not serving food in recognition of "how badly they have been infected by this virus". On one final zoom call with mutinous Tories outside the division, Mr Johnson warned they shouldn't be like kids in the back of a car and said, "Are we almost there?"

To wrap up the debate, Health Secretary Matt Hancock suppressed tears as he referred to his step-grandfather's death from Covid in Liverpool last month and warned the government not to relax restrictions too much. "We have to beat this, we have to beat it together," he pleaded.

Previously, MPs lined up in the House of Representatives to criticize the government's plans despite the Prime Minister's urging on them to support his "convincing" case for his new post-lockdown levels. Former Health Secretary Jackie Doyle-Price summed up the sentiment for many by storming, "These decisions are really made on the back of a fag package but are destroying entire parts of the hospitality industry."

The strength of the feeling among critical backers even led backers usually to oppose the prime minister. Former Cabinet Secretary Jeremy Wright voted against the government "for the first time in 10 years". There had been talk of up to 100 conservative rebels – but this afternoon the numbers were cut to some extent.

A government spokesman said: "We welcome today's vote, which confirms our winter plan, ends national restrictions and brings England back into a tiered system.

& # 39; This will help secure the profits made last month and keep the virus under control. We will continue to work with Members who have raised concerns over the past few days. & # 39;

Mark Harper, chairman of the Covid Recovery Group of the lockdown skeptics Tories, called on the government to "take up" the criticism. "We very much regret that in a moment of national crisis so many of us felt compelled to vote against the measures proposed by the government," said the former head of Whip.

Who are the Tory MPs who opposed Boris Johnson and voted against the tiered system?

53 Conservative MPs opposed Boris Johnson and voted against the Prime Minister's new coronavirus system.

You are:

Adam Afriyie (Windsor)

Imran Ahmad Khan (Wakefield)

Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West)

Andrew Bridgen (northwest Leicestershire)

Paul Bristow (Peterborough)

Christopher Chope (Christchurch)

Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells)

James Daly (Bury North)

Philip Davies (Shipley)

David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden)

Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon)

Jackie Doyle-Price (Thurrock)

Richard Drax (South Dorset)

Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green)

Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford)

Marcus Fysh (Yeovil)

Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham)

Chris Green (Bolton West)

Damian Green (Ashford)

Kate Griffiths (Burton)

Mark Harper (Forest of Dean)

Philip Hollobone (Kettering)

David Jones (Clwyd West)

Julian Knight (Solihull)

Robert Largan (High Peak)

Pauline Latham (Mid Derbyshire)

Chris Loder (West Dorset)

Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham)

Craig Mackinlay (South Thanet)

Anthony Mangnall (Totnes)

Karl McCartney (Lincoln)

Stephen McPartland (Stevenage)

Esther McVey (Tatton)

Huw Merriman (Bexhill and Battle)

Robbie Moore (Keighley)

Anne Marie Morris (Newton Abbot)

Robert Neill (Bromley and Chislehurst)

Mark Pawsey (rugby)

John Redwood (Wokingham)

Mary Robinson (Cheadle)

Andrew Rosindell (Romford)

Henry Smith (Crawley)

Ben Spencer (Runnymede and Weybridge)

Desmond Swayne (New Forest West)

Craig Tracey (North Warwickshire)

Tom Tugendhat (Tonbridge and Malling)

Matt Vickers (Stockton South)

Christian Wakeford (Bury South)

Charles Walker (Broxbourne)

Jamie Wallis (Bridgend)

David Warburton (Conservative – Somerton and Frome)

William Wragg (Conservative – Hazel Grove)

Jeremy Wright (Conservative – Kenilworth and Southam)

Another two Tory MPs, Steve Baker and Robert Syms, acted as narrators for MPs who voted against the measures.

The vote means that most areas of England will now start the New Year on one of the toughest two tiers, with a ban on indoor mixing and strict hospitality controls.

Only the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have been designated for the lightest Tier 1 restrictions.

Earlier, when campaigning for his troubled party, Mr Johnson insisted the government was "sensitive" to local situations – suggesting areas with low infection rates will no longer be merged with other nearby hotspots.

He said the next review on December 16 will be conducted on the basis of "as many detailed details as possible". "We will try to be as sensitive as possible to local efforts and local successes," he said.

The MP said the whips had worked hard during the day to reassure high-constituency Conservatives that they would be downgraded within weeks while London pushed Tories for a private commitment not to upgrade the city to Tier 3.

But Sir Keir warned Conservative MPs that their downgrade hopes will be dashed as Tier 2 will "fight" to contain infection and Mr. Johnson always "over-promises and under-delivers". "That won't happen," he wiped off.

The Prime Minister also tried to allay the fears of the hospitality backbench companies by announcing that "wet" pubs that make a living on drinks will be eligible for £ 1,000 payments to get through this month.

Many Tories remained angry when ministers eventually released an impact assessment of the measures only to find that it did not contain any new details. Mark Harper, ringleader of the rebels, said the "wheels would break away from politics".

The government is assumed to have another dashboard that provides more detailed information on 40 sectors of the economy. Sources rejected the idea that it was "secret", saying that it only contains material that is already "publicly available" – although they insisted it not be published.

A disgruntled MP told MailOnline, "The reason it isn't published is because it supports our case, not theirs."

Mr. Johnson explained his case that the new regional levels are “imperative” and emphasized, “This is not another lockdown. Nor is this the renewal of existing measures in England.

“The levels I am proposing would mean that starting tomorrow, anyone in England, including those in Tier 3, can leave their homes for whatever reason.

"And when they do that, they'll find that the shops are open for Christmas, the hairdressers are open, the nail bars are open, gyms, leisure centers, and swimming pools are open."

Challenged by a number of MPs – including former Cabinet Secretary Greg Clark, who represents Tunbridge Wells – for the harsh treatment of their areas, Mr Johnson said: “Going forward, the government will look at how we can think as closely as possible to the reality what is happening locally for the local people, the incidence of the disease, the human geography and spread of the pandemic, and the advances the areas are making in fighting the virus.

"We will try to be as sensitive as possible to local efforts and local successes to bring the pandemic under control."

He added, "We will be investigating the local incidents in detail, examining the human geography of the pandemic and carefully considering what happens every two weeks as I say."

Mr Johnson also targeted Labor "having no credible plan" to fight the coronavirus.

He said, “We are trying to run pubs, restaurants and shops across the country and no one feels the fear of these companies more than this government.

“However, I find it extraordinary that, despite the criticism we have, we do not have a credible plan from the opposing party; in fact, we have no view of the way forward.

"It's a pretty extraordinary thing that tonight (Sir Keir), who said he would always act in the national interest, told his party to sit on their hands and abstain from the vote tonight."

Despite his appeals, Mr. Johnson still faced a series of hostile interventions from his own banks over draconian restrictions that will leave 99 percent of England below the toughest two levels as of tomorrow.

Former Brexit minister Steve Baker, one of the rebel leaders, was among the government's opponents.

He said Not having to vote tonight to send a message to ministers, he added: "People like me have been looking not just for economic analysis, but serious analysis of these harms and benefits that come from government policies related to coronavirus."

He continued, “Here we are at a deeply dangerous moment and we are encountering violations of our immunizations and testing freedoms that we would normally never tolerate. So this evening I have to vote no with great reluctance to send a message to the government. & # 39;

Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the powerful 1922 Tory Committee, was among those who condemned the phased plan.

He said the Trafford district in its Altrincham and Sale constituency had been rated "unfairly" Tier 3. "I think the government did not bring this compelling case," he said. "The upside of the doubt that this house was extended in March and since then is more difficult."

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