Ministers split over school closings when Boris Johnson eventually allied with pigeons over hawks

"Two Tory MPs file a letter of no confidence in Boris Johnson" amid concerns over the pace of vaccine adoption and bans as ministers split over school closings

Boris Johnson's cabinet was bitterly divided over the decision to close schools. This became known today as MPs expressed frustration with the government's handling of the pandemic.

The Prime Minister was initially on the Hawks' side, led by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, who wanted classes to stay open.

But he switched to pigeons, including Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Michel Gove, the cabinet minister, after he was presented with new data showing the extent of the nation's problem, the Financial Times reported.

It came amid further noises of discontent from Tory backers about how we were dealing with everything from the lockdown announcement to the pace of vaccine adoption.

Britain was the first nation to approve the new drugs, but has vaccinated far fewer people since then than Israel, the current world leader.

High-ranking Tory MPs had joined the opposition and called for another national ban. However, the idea of ​​tightening restrictions sparked anger among other conservatives, who insist on the country's experience with the pandemic that lockdowns are not working and crippling the economy.

There are allegations that at least two MPs from the 2019 admission have now sent letters of no confidence to the Prime Minister to conservative backbench boss Sir Graham Brady – although the numbers are nowhere near the threshold to cast doubt on his position.

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The Prime Minister is initially on the side of Falken, led by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson (right), who wanted classes to stay open. But he switched to pigeons, including Health Secretary Matt Hancock (left) and Michel Gove, the Cabinet Office minister, after being presented with new data showing the extent of the nation's problem, the Financial Times reported.

The unrest over the vaccination campaign has increased and the ministers have not prepared for it.

"We need an expansion of vaccinations, as Israel did," a backbencher told MailOnline. “Why aren't we there already? Why wasn't the summer and autumn time used to raise the vaccine army?

'The only limitation should be the speed at which manufacturers can deliver it to you.

“The whole future of the economy, the future of saving more lives, the future of a sense of normalcy is in the hands of the vaccine. We are there now. & # 39;

Other high-ranking Tory MPs were just as grim. "We are too promising and too unsuccessful," said one. & # 39; It's a big risk. You are not prepared and unwilling to do this.

“The problem is, people don't understand the logistics of giving this vaccine and checking that people are all right and doing the paperwork. It's not just about poking someone in the arm. & # 39;

Mr Johnson announced tonight that one in 50 people in England – around a million people – is infected with coronavirus as he defended his U-turn to put the country into lockdown.

The Prime Minister told a meeting on Downing Street that the searing spread of the mutated version of the disease meant there was no choice but to impose a lockdown.

But he insisted that measures can get the situation under control while vaccines are rolled out – and revealed that 1.3 million people have now had bumps as he dismissed criticism that, in relation to the most vulnerable categories, which will be covered by mid-February is "promising".

Mr Johnson vowed to "jab by jab" the country with information on the crucial process.

He was flanked at the press conference by heads of medicine and science, Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance – whose warnings of the danger of overwhelming the NHS sparked the extraordinary U-turn of pushing England into new restrictions.

The podiums were once again adorned with the March Ineligibility slogan: "Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives".

When asked if he believed the goal of vaccinating more than 13 million people in the next seven weeks was possible, Prof. Whitty said it was "realistic but not easy".

However, the medic also delivered somber news that some restrictions may still be required next winter as the virus is likely to be in the regular cycle like the flu.

The extent of the problem was underscored tonight when the UK reported a record 60,916 cases – an increase of nearly 15 percent from last Tuesday. The death toll was 830, twice as many as last week.

Mr Johnson said the total of 1.3 million people vaccinated included 1.1 million people in England and 650,000 people over the age of 80 – 23 percent of all ages in England.


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