Number 10 faces a commons revolt around 10pm curfew, accused of "dirty tricks" to avoid a vote
Tory MPs will start another revolt tonight over the unpopular 10 p.m. curfew in the pub – if the government allows it.
Ministers were embroiled in a number of dirty tricks this afternoon after attempting to cancel a scheduled vote on whether to close the law making drinking from drinking holes early.
They want to include it in a wider vote on the Prime Minister's new lockdown tier system unveiled yesterday, which means that if defeated, the entire system would collapse.
When Health Secretary Matt Hancock admitted to MPs that the 10pm curfew was more of a "political decision" than a scientific imperative.
MEPs had a briefing with Jonathan Van-Tam yesterday about the 10 p.m. curfew. Sources repeatedly pressed for scientific justification for the curfew told MailOnline that the deputy chief physician said, "It was a political decision, not a scientific one."
No10 told reporters today that there would be no separate vote on the curfew tonight, as expected.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock admitted to MPs that the 10pm curfew was more of a "political decision" than a scientific imperative.
Ministers were embroiled in a number of dirty tricks this afternoon after trying to cancel a scheduled curfew vote. They want to include it in a wider vote on the Prime Minister's new lockdown tier system unveiled yesterday
Instead, they are looking into whether it should be bundled in a vote on middle stage 1 of Boris Johnson's new lockdown measures.
Despite the claims made by No. 10, the Speaker & # 39; s Office has made it clear to MPs that the votes on curfew and other coronavirus measures will be carried out separately.
Tory MP Peter Bone said it would be "exceptional" for the government to try to avoid a split vote on the controversial move.
Mr Hancock defended curfew this afternoon as he faced skeptical Tory back benches.
"We already have evidence from the accident and emergency department that we saw a decrease in alcohol-related admissions late at night after the 10pm curfew," he said.
"This is important in itself, but it is also an indicator of how much people are drinking late at night, so it is evidence that there is less mixing and less late at night."
The Minister of Health said people mostly mingle outside after 10pm, adding, "They'd mingle inside the premises – it's just easier to take photos outside."
He added that the government must also reduce social exposure to control the virus, stating, “We are trying to protect as much education and work as possible, which essentially leads to socializing the other part is the life, the activity by which humans transmit the virus.
“So it is understandable that governments around the world and in this UK, governments of all political beliefs, have by and large come to the same conclusion that it is necessary to limit socialization because that is how we are transmitting reduce with the least damage to education and economy.
“While there is both direct and approximate evidence of the positive effects of this move, there is also the strategic point: if we want to control the virus and shouldn't do this, we would have to do something else and we want education for political reasons and protect work. "