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PM's brutal lockdown levels are APPROVED in the House of Commons


More than 50 MPs rebelled against Boris Johnson's "Back of Fag Packet" post tonight after the lockdown – but they were approved by the Commons thanks to the tacit support of Keir Starmer.

The new system was signed 291-78 behind and will go into effect tomorrow after Labor decided to abstain, despite the fact that the regime wasn't tough enough and there wasn't enough support for hotel companies.

Although the majority of the headlines 213 were healthy, there appear to have been 56 Conservative rebels – the biggest mutiny in this Parliament after 44 previously breached the pub curfew. Another 17 appear to have abstained, although it is not clear how many were given permission to stay away.

In addition to eight DUP politicians, Sir Keir also suffered his own uprising, in which 16 opposed the whip.

Dozens of Mr. Johnson's own pages walked through the Noe lobby, even though he was there personally persuading them to support the government.

Sir Keir Starmer's move guaranteed government victory but left Mr Johnson exposed to the anger of his own banks. 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 for “wet” pubs that were not serving food in recognition of “how badly they were hit by this virus in what is usually the busiest month”.

On a 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 say, "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 they are destroying entire parts of the hospitality industry."

There had been talk of up to 100 Conservative rebels – but this afternoon the numbers were down 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.

"This will help secure the profits made last month and keep the virus under control."

"We will continue to work with MPs who have raised concerns over the past few days."

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.

In other coronavirus news today:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Keir Starmer

Boris Johnson (left) said there was a "compelling case" for the regional levels as he faced a Commons showdown over his new coronavirus rules. But Keir Starmer (right) warned Tories, hoping they will be downgraded within 14 days: "That won't happen."

Whips are trying to speak to around 100 Conservatives on the verge of joining the mutiny, with anger that only 1 percent of England is the lowest level of restrictions, despite few or no infections in many Level 3 areas

Whips are trying to speak to around 100 Conservatives on the verge of joining the mutiny, with anger that only 1 percent of England is the lowest level of restrictions, despite few or no infections in many Level 3 areas

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."

Mr Jefferson added that the hospitality industry was "devastated" at being ranked Tier 3 and that the prospect of a review by December 16 was "no comfort".

In an important signal, Mr Johnson insisted that 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.

He also announced that "wet" pubs – who rely on drinks for a living – will be entitled to payments of £ 1,000 to get through this month.

But Mr Johnson has 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.

Sir Keir Starmer warned 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 was exposed after Sir Keir announced that Labor would abstain from the vote tonight – a decision Mr Johnson described in the House as "exceptional". This means that the extent of the rebellion will not be masked by the support of the opposition, although the government is still guaranteed victory as not enough will switch sides to overthrow the vast majority of Mr Johnson.

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."

MEPs said whips have pledged Conservatives with higher-level constituencies they will be downgraded within weeks, while London Tories is pushing for a pledge not to upgrade the city to Tier 3.

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."

Former Brexit minister Steve Baker, one of the rebel leaders, planned to vote against the government.

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;

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."

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 Atrincham 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."

Former minister Andrea Leadsom suggested that the risk of non-compliance with lockdown restrictions is now "very high".

Mr. Clark highlighted the "big differences in the rate of covid" within Kent. Former Brexit Secretary David Davis insisted that the government should be far more local in its focus on lockdowns – pointing out that in countries like Germany, local restrictions sometimes affect individual factories.

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.

Another ex-cabinet minister, Damian Green, who represents Ashford in Kent, said "stupid rules" undermine government efforts.

"I shared the thoughts of a voter with the Prime Minister last week who said that if the government imposes stupid rules, people will stop following the decent rules, too," he said.

& # 39; Unfortunately, this was rejected. Since then, the national debate has evolved about how big a Scottish egg needs to be to make an essential meal. I rest my case.

“I fear what we have before us today does not stand the test of maximizing voluntary public support.

"To be precise, this is certainly the case in my constituency, where I've had the angry emails since Dominic Cummings went to Barnard Castle over a weekend."

Senior Tory Sir Charles Walker complained that the death of the elderly was being classified as a "tragedy".

He told the Commons, “No government can abolish death, it is impossible – 615,000 people die in this country every year and not every death is a tragedy. It is so disturbing when I hear leaders of political parties, leaders of their communities, and leaders in this place say that every death has been a tragedy.

“A tragedy is when a child dies. Tragedy is when a young woman or young man dies, or when you get downcast in your middle years. But when we say that it is a tragedy when someone reaches their mortality by the age of 80 or 90, we are diminishing the life that is so well lived.

“We're diminishing love, we're diminishing the way that person was valued and valued. So please, please, we can just change the narrative when we talk about death because not all deaths are the same, it gives the same result, but comparing the death of someone in 90 to the death of someone in 19 is not right, it's not okay.

“But of course the death of the elderly has brought tragedy with it, and that tragedy is that for the past few days and months they have been denied touch with the people they love. We have kept families separated for the benefit of an old person who desperately wants to see his child and desperately wants his daughter to be cared for for the past few months and weeks.

Dying old people shouldn't be viewed as a tragedy, says Senior Tory

A senior Tory MP complained tonight that old people who died were classified as "tragedy".

Sir Charles Walker said it was a tragedy to have "knocked down" people in their prime, but the term "diminished" people's lives in the 80s and 90s.

He insisted that the real tragedy was the removal of older people from their families.

Sir Charles, vice chairman of the powerful 1922 committee, told Commons: “No government can abolish death, it is impossible – 615,000 people die in this country every year, and not every death is a tragedy. It is so disturbing when I hear leaders of political parties, leaders of their communities, and leaders in this place say that every death has been a tragedy.

“A tragedy is when a child dies. Tragedy is when a young woman or young man dies, or when you get downcast in your middle years. But when we say that it is a tragedy when someone reaches their mortality by the age of 80 or 90, we are diminishing the life that is so well lived.

“We're diminishing love, we're diminishing the way that person was valued and valued. So please, please, we can just change the narrative when we talk about death because not all deaths are the same, it gives the same result, but comparing the death of someone in 90 to the death of someone in 19 is not right, it's not okay.

“But of course the death of the elderly has brought tragedy with it, and that tragedy is that for the past few days and months they have been denied touch with the people they love. We have kept families separated for the benefit of an old person who desperately wants to see his child and desperately wants his daughter to be cared for for the past few months and weeks.

"So my plea for this place is, we can include older people in this discussion because they love their children and grandchildren and want to see them thrive, they want them to have the same opportunities and opportunities that they have in their lives had."

"So my plea for this place is, we can include older people in this discussion because they love their children and grandchildren and want to see them thrive, they want them to have the same opportunities and opportunities that they have in their lives had."

Meanwhile, a handful of Labor MPs – including Graham Stringer, Kevan Jones and Grahame Jones – have announced they will defy Sir Keir to vote against the plans.

Lockdown skeptic Tories met earlier to discuss their stance on the vote.

A senior backbencher said it was looking for the best deal before deciding which voting route to take. "There will be talks," they explained their approach. “You don't commit one way or the other. Once you make a commitment, they'll stop talking to you. & # 39;

Others accused the government's whips of desperately trying to raise expectations of the scale of the rebellion so that it seemed less dramatic. Around 30 MPs resisted the whip in the last lockdown vote.

"The only people who say over 100 are government whips," said one MP. "If there are more than 50, the government has not done well."

A former minister told MailOnline that many of the Red Wall MPs "bricked" themselves because they received a lot of emails and had no "experience".

"Some of my newer colleagues do not know what constituent grief is," the MPs said. & # 39; In the WhatsApp groups they wall themselves up. They say I've never had so many angry emails … I get angry emails too, but I know that's the angry third. You learn to step back. & # 39;

However, they warned that Mr Johnson would prepare for a fall by promising downgrades. & # 39; He's going to have a problem. There are people who expect this and they will be under pressure over Christmas if it doesn't happen. & # 39;

Cabinet Minister Michael Gove was sent on the air this morning to defend the government's position. He warned the re-lockdown in Wales, just weeks after the "fire safety" restrictions, "what happens if you pull the shackles too far".

Mr Gove said he was "confident how confident it can be" that there does not need to be a third national lockdown in England.

But he risked fueling the backlash by saying that if the NHS were overwhelmed by the NHS, people would not do "Christmas shopping" because the government had not taken strong action.

Considered one of the leading "pigeons" in the Cabinet, Mr Gove also admitted that he wanted to plunge London straight into Tier 3. He was overruled by Mr. Johnson for fear of losing 500,000 jobs.

"It's always easier to move an area from a harder to a lower level," he told Sky News.

Keir Starmer is accused of “making politics” in a pandemic after ordering Labor MPs to go ABSTAIN levels in the crucial vote

Sir Keir Starmer has been accused of "making politics" in the middle of the pandemic after ordering his MPs to hold a decisive vote tonight on the rules intended to replace the lockdown.

Labor will abstain from the Commons vote on whether to adopt the stiffened three-tier system desired by the government. This will expose Tory's fault lines on the division.

But the move, revealed late at night, will also allow Sir Keir to calm a rebellion on his own benches.

Some MPs from northern areas, classified in the strictest Level 3, were angry that the party initially announced that it would vote with the government.

The abstention means that despite a violent Tory rebellion over the economic threat they believe poses the stairs, the government will almost certainly win the vote.

The Prime Minister has failed to quell the growing anger on his own benches over the draconian restrictions that will leave 99 percent of England below the toughest two levels as of tomorrow.

Following Sir Kier's announcement, a Number 10 spokesman said: “This pandemic is one of the greatest challenges the country has faced in decades and Labor has chosen to abstain.

“While Keir Starmer claims he is offering a new tour, it is clear to everyone that he is actually not offering any leadership at all.

"Keir Starmer is playing politics in the middle of a global pandemic rather than working with the government to find a way through this difficult time for the British people."

Commenting on the additional dossier on economic details, Mr. Gove said, “The evidence I understand in this dashboard is largely from the ONS and other publicly available statistical databases, as well as reports from business agency organizations … (it) is based on publicly available information. "

Mr Gove paused to completely rule out another blanket lockdown, but said the new levels should be enough to avoid one.

He told Sky News, "I'm so confident we won't need any because the levels we have now are pretty robust."

When asked if he could rule out another lockdown, Mr Gove said, “In politics you can never rule anything out, but as I said, given the rigor with which these new levels are being applied, I'm pretty confident that we can can prevent national blocking.

“However, I'm afraid that if we eased the situation too quickly we would have the situation we have had in some other countries and indeed in Wales where the brakes have to be put on again. & # 39;

Mr Gove said he "sympathized" with the Tory rebel concerns and admitted that the restrictions were "painful".

"There are some, and I sympathize with them, who say the current tiering system is too strict and too strict," he said.

“I don't think I think there is a need to keep the infection rate down, to reduce it wherever possible, so that people can be together for Christmas.

"It's a balance and it's not easy, but while these restrictions on our freedoms are painful, they go against the grain for me, they are there to make sure our NHS is not overwhelmed."

Mr Gove said Wales showed the risks when they lifted restrictions "too expansively".

Wales is rolling out new national restrictions starting Friday evening, including a ban on selling alcohol in pubs and a 6pm curfew after infection rates have risen steadily since the end of a 17-day “fire” on November 9th.

The Cabinet Minister told BBC Breakfast: “I understand very well the difficulties facing the Welsh Government.

“But in retrospect, it looks like they lifted the restrictions too far immediately after their two-week lockdown.

As a result, the virus got out of control again and had to hit the brakes again.

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

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

Although the majority of the headlines 213 were healthy, there appear to have been 56 Conservative rebels - the biggest mutiny in this Parliament after 44 previously opposed the pub curfew

Although the majority of the headlines 213 were healthy, there appear to have been 56 Conservative rebels – the biggest mutiny in this Parliament after 44 previously opposed the pub curfew

The government's economic assessment last night included charts from last week's OBR report - but no new detailed analysis of the economic outlook

The government's economic assessment last night included charts from last week's OBR report – but no new detailed analysis of the economic outlook

MPs told MailOnline Whips that they are reassuring high-constituency Conservatives that they will be downgraded at the first review on December 16. PIctured, Chief Whip Mark Spencer on his way to the cabinet this morning

MPs told MailOnline Whips that they are reassuring high-constituency Conservatives that they will be downgraded at the first review on December 16. PIctured, Chief Whip Mark Spencer on his way to the cabinet this morning

Michael Gove

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove (left) has been sent on the air to defend the government's position. He warned the re-lockdown in Wales, just weeks after the curbs, "what happens if you pull the shackles too far". . Sir Keir Starmer (right) decided to abstain from voting in the crunch vote today

& # 39; Wet & # 39; Pubs get £ 1,000 for December

Boris Johnson announced today that any "wet pub" forced to remain closed due to new coronavirus level restrictions will receive a one-time payment of £ 1,000 to help them stay afloat in December.

The Prime Minister said that no food pubs will be eligible for the money to see "how badly they have been hit by this virus in what is usually the busiest month."

Mr Johnson said pubs, bars and restaurants are the "heart of our communities" but admitted that they were forced to bear a "disproportionate share of the burden" during the government's efforts to slow the spread of the disease.

The cash payment was immediately criticized by angry hotel managers who said it was nowhere near enough to tackle many companies' "financial armageddon".

"That's one of the reasons we're cautiously exiting the suspension (in England)."

He added: "The example of Wales shows what can happen if you lift restrictions too soon too blanket."

Sir Keir, who has supported government action throughout the pandemic, said it was not in the national interest to vote the restrictions if the coronavirus was still a "serious risk" to the public.

But his party's decision not to actively support the government has put Mr Johnson on hold on his own MPs, with little evidence that No. 10's dossier on the social and economic consequences of the tiered system suppressed a rebellion that resulted in up to 100 conservatives could vote against the measures.

Numerous Tories have furiously referred to Downing Street's 48-page document as whitewash and cut-and-paste after insisting that it has not been able to measure how the three-tier system will affect the economies of local areas.

The final dossier was based on publicly available information. The economic impact section was derived from an impact analysis of the pandemic published last week by the Office of Budgetary Responsibility (OBR).

Senior Tories blew up the "rushed" document containing typing errors. One claimed that the Prime Minister decided not to publish an economic forecast "because he found the wrong answer".

Mel Stride, Tory Chair of the Commons Treasury Committee, said: “It is frustrating that little is given here about how the different levels could affect specific sectors and regions across the country. Those looking for additional economic analysis of the new tiered system will have difficulty finding it in this document. & # 39;

Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of Tory MPs, confirmed last night that he would vote against the government's plans.

Former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith accused ministers of "cut and paste" suggesting that no economic analysis had been conducted prior to the assignment of the levels.

Mr Harper, head of the Covid Recovery Group of lockdown-skeptical Tory MPs, questioned the NHS threat figures in the document.

"We have repeatedly asked for information in support of these hospital projections and it has not been made public," he tweeted.

"We are now seeing again that the wheels are deviating from the arguments of the government."

At a # 10 press conference yesterday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he hoped some areas could be moved to lower levels when the restrictions become known for their first fortnightly review on December 16. However, government scholars have made it clear that they see little scope for widespread application to wane before Christmas.

According to Gove, Wales was forced to ban pubs selling alcohol again because it subsided "too far" after the fire

Michael Gove said Wales' new lockdown shows what happens when governments relax restrictions "too far".

The Cabinet Office Minister risked aggravating tensions when he cited the British nation as an example of how to deal with coronavirus.

Welsh pubs have to close at 6 p.m. and are banned from selling alcoholic beverages as of Friday as the country has been under a new lockdown just weeks after the last one ended.

First Minister Mark Drakeford yesterday outlined a number of measures for the hospitality sector after the number of coronavirus infections rose sharply, particularly among those under 25.

From Friday, pubs, bars and restaurants may only stay open until 6 p.m. and then serve as snack bars. And they are not allowed to serve alcoholic beverages on a Scottish schedule for weeks.

As part of the new program, cinemas, bowling alleys, and other indoor entertainment will also be closed, but non-essential retail stores, hairdressers, gyms, and leisure centers may remain open.

The move took place after the previous lockdown between October 23rd and November 9th. When this ended, people were allowed to meet in groups of up to four people in places such as pubs and restaurants with no alcohol sales before 6 p.m. and 10.20 p.m. curfew.

Up to 15 people were also allowed to take part in an "organized indoor activity" such as an exercise class, and people who were not strictly needed were reopened.

In the past 10 days, coronavirus cases have risen from 160 per 100,000 to 210 per 100,000, a 31 percent increase.

This could mean that most areas of England will 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.

Sir Keir explained his decision to order Labor to abstain from voting in today's Commons vote: "Coronavirus remains a serious threat to public health. Therefore Labor accepts the need for continued restrictions." We will always act in the national interest so that we do not vote against these restrictions tomorrow in Parliament.

However, I remain deeply concerned that the Boris Johnson administration has failed to use this recent lockdown to develop a credible health and economic plan.

“We still don't have a working testing system, the public health news is confused, and companies across the country are calling for more effective economic support to get them through the winter months.

& # 39; It is the short term government incompetence that is causing long term damage to the UK economy. It is imperative that the government get control of the virus so that our NHS can be protected and our economy recovered faster. & # 39;

In response, the government accused Sir Keir of "making politics" in the middle of the pandemic. "This pandemic is one of the greatest challenges the country has faced in decades and Labor has chosen to abstain," said a No. 10 spokesman.

“While Keir Starmer claims he is offering a new tour, it is clear to everyone that he is actually not offering any leadership at all.

"Keir Starmer is playing politics in the middle of a global pandemic rather than working with the government to find a way through this difficult time for the British people."

Whips are trying to speak to around 100 Conservatives on the verge of joining the mutiny, with anger that just 1 percent of England are on the lowest level of restrictions as of Wednesday, with many areas in Tier 3 despite having seen few or fewer infections . Concessions like a renewal date in February and more money for pubs and restaurants have already been offered.

However, the call for a rethink has been compounded by further evidence that the UK's outbreak is rapidly waning. Only 12,330 Covid-19 infections were recorded in the lowest Monday toll since September.

During a visit to pharmaceutical company Wockhardt at its North Wales facility, Johnson said England's lockdown brought the disease under control, with the R number – a measure of how quickly the virus spreads – below 1.

He said, “We cannot afford to take our foot off the animal's throat, take our foot off the gas, we cannot afford to get it out of control.

& # 39; The tiering system is tough, but it was designed to be tough and to keep it under control. I know a lot of people think they are at the wrong level and I understand people's frustration.

“I particularly understand the frustration of the hospitality industry that has been through and gone through so much over the past few months and we will do whatever we can to protect and nurture this sector over the weeks and months to come. & # 39;

But Mel Stride, the Tory finance committee chairman, criticized the documents.

"On several occasions I have asked the Chancellor and Finance Officials to publish an analysis of the economic impact of the three levels," he said.

& # 39; With just over 24 hours for MPs to vote on the new tiered system, this revised document offers little more economically than what the OBR released last week. It is frustrating that little is given here about how the different levels might affect specific sectors and regions across the country.

Sturgeon says she won't have an indoor Christmas with her family this year

Nicola Sturgeon has announced that she won't be celebrating Christmas with the family indoors this year.

Despite signing a UK easing for the festive season, the Scottish First Minister said she did not want to "endanger" her family.

Usually for Christmas, my husband and I have our two families here in our own house. We won't do that this year, ”she said.

“I haven't seen my parents since July and I would love to see them today and this Christmas, but I don't want to put them at risk when a vaccine is so close.

"We might go out for a family walk somewhere, but the idea … of having a Christmas dinner at home is something we won't be doing this year."

"Anyone looking for an additional economic analysis of the new tiered system will have difficulty finding it in this document."

Matt Hancock said in a meeting on Downing Street that he hoped MPs from "all parties" would support the proposals. The health minister also said it was possible that some parts of the country could be downgraded to a lower level when the measures are first reviewed on December 16.

He said, "Of course you have to take into account that Christmas is approaching, but if the fall rates drop as they are – they've dropped almost a third in the last week – we'll definitely look around and see in every area." what the right level is for this area. & # 39;

MailOnline's analysis of the official data found that only four NHS trusts in England are currently busier than they were at this time last year – despite warnings, the healthcare system would be paralyzed by coronavirus without the revised three-tier lockdown system.

Michael Gove sparked anger over the weekend claiming that without the government's new government restrictions from Covid-19, any hospital in England would be "physically overwhelmed" as he tried to convince MPs and the public to pull the brutal curbs To support.

The numbers from NHS England paint a completely different picture, however: there are thousands more hospital beds available this year than last winter.

For the week ending November 22, an average of 77,942 of 88,903 (87.7 percent) available beds across the country were occupied. This is the most recent snapshot. This number doesn't take into account shift capacity in mothballed nightingales or the thousands of beds commanded by the private sector.

For comparison: During the seven-day period that ended on December 8, 2019 – that is the most comparable data available for last winter – the occupancy rate averaged 94.9 percent when around 91,733 of all 96,675 available beds were full .

For the week ending November 22, an average of 77,942 of 88,903 (87.7 percent) available beds across the country were occupied. This is the most recent snapshot. For comparison: During the seven-day period that ended on December 8, 2019 - that is the most comparable data available for last winter - the occupancy rate averaged 94.9 percent when around 91,733 of all 96,675 available beds were full

For the week ending November 22, an average of 77,942 of 88,903 (87.7 percent) available beds across the country were occupied. This is the most recent snapshot. For comparison: During the seven-day period that ended on December 8, 2019 – that is the most comparable data available for last winter – the occupancy rate averaged 94.9 percent when around 91,733 of all 96,675 available beds were full

Only four trusts – the Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust (FT), University College London Hospitals FT, Calderdale and Huddersfield FT, and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh FT – are busier today than they were a year ago

Of the trusts that are busiest this year, only Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh see more patients overall than last winter

It is true that almost a third of UK hospitals are currently seeing more Covid patients than they were at the height of the crisis in April. Overall, there are still 4,000 fewer people living in English hospitals than in mid-April

It is true that almost a third of UK hospitals are currently seeing more Covid patients than they were at the height of the crisis in April. Overall, there are still 4,000 fewer people living in English hospitals than in mid-April

Tory anger over lack of data

The lack of information on the economic impact of lockdowns has "frustrated" Tory party members.

More than three-quarters of respondents disagreed that the government provided sufficient health and economic information to enable people to “make a balanced assessment of risks”.

Three out of five agreed that ministers should focus more on helping small businesses.

The survey of 2,800 members was commissioned by the Conservative Voice grassroots group.

One respondent said: “We want a conservative government, not all the nonsense that has been woken up and that is pumped out over and over again.

"Boris needs to listen to more scientific opinions."

Only four trusts – the Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust (FT), University College London Hospitals FT, Calderdale and Huddersfield FT, and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh FT – are busier today than they were a year ago.

In Cambridge, an average of 769 of 823 beds (93.4 percent) were full for the week ended November 22, compared with 883 of 956 (92.5 percent) last winter.

Calderdale and Huddersfield were 93.3 percent busy last week. 499 of 535 beds were occupied, slightly more than 92 percent last December, when 596 of 648 beds were used.

The Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust is almost fully occupied with 98.7 percent of the 335 beds. However, this number is still only slightly above the 96 percent of the previous year.

While University College London was 89.2 percent full last December, compared to 93 percent last week.

Dr. Karol Sikora, consultant oncologist and professor of medicine at the University of Buckingham, said Downing Street was running a public relations campaign to brainwash "data that doesn't stack".

He told MailOnline: "We've been going back from how it started in March and (the government) has been claiming we need the measures to protect the NHS. The data you showed me proves it doesn't need to be protected. It does indeed handle Covid very well.

“The data shows that hospitals are not running at full capacity and still have some spare beds for Covid if necessary. The public is misled, the data doesn't pile up. Fear and scaremongering are used to keep people out of the hospital. & # 39;

Matt Hancock chokes back tears in the House of Commons when he reveals his step-grandfather died of Covid last month

Matt Hancock suppressed tears in the House of Commons tonight when he revealed that his step-grandfather had died of coronavirus last month.

The Minister of Health made an emotional appeal to the nation to stick with Boris Johnson's new Covid-19 system due to roll out across England tomorrow.

Mr Hancock said that when the disease "gets out of hand, it grows exponentially, hospitals come under pressure and people die".

He said "this is not just speculation" because the virus affected thousands of families, including his own, as he paid tribute to his step-grandfather, Derek, who passed away on Nov. 18.

Mr. Hancock told MPs that by working in the "spirit of common humanity" the country can "beat" this, adding, "We must beat it together."

Matt Hancock suppressed tears in the House of Commons tonight when he revealed his step-grandfather had recently died of coronavirus

Matt Hancock suppressed tears in the House of Commons tonight when he revealed his step-grandfather had recently died of coronavirus

MPs voted tonight to introduce Mr Johnson's new animal system as Tory was causing a great stir over the draconian curbs.

Mr Hancock was tasked with ending the debate for the government and he made a personal plea for compliance with the new rules when he referred to an outbreak in Liverpool that has now been brought under control.

He said, “We know from repeated experience what happens when this virus gets out of hand.

“When it gets out of hand, it grows exponentially, hospitals come under pressure and people die.

“This is not just speculation, but a fact that has affected thousands of families, including my own.

“We talk a lot about the outbreak in Liverpool and how this great city had a terrible outbreak and got it under control.

“That means more to me than I can say because my step-grandfather Derek caught Covid there last month and died on November 18th.

“In my family, as in so many others, we have lost a loving husband, a father, a grandfather to this terrible disease.

“From the bottom of my heart I want to thank everyone in Liverpool for bringing this terrible virus under control.

& # 39; It's down four fifths in Liverpool. We can do this if we work together in a spirit of common humanity.

“We have to beat that. We have to do it together. & # 39;

Could YOUR area be hit with different restrictions than the rest of your county?

KENT: HOW ONLY SIX PARTS OF THE COUNTY SEE FALLS RISING

No10's bizarre decision to move all of Kent to Stage Three if England's lockdown ends tomorrow is a symbol of the unequal lockdowns that see rural villages being hampered by economically damaging curbs due to larger eruptions miles away.

Only six of 13 subordinate agencies in Kent – Medway, Tonbridge and Malling, Maidstone, Ashford, Folkestone and Hythe, and Dover – saw coronavirus cases spike last week, according to government figures.

This means that the other areas of the county will be hit by draconian restrictions on closing all pubs and restaurants and keeping them only for take out, despite the fact that their outbreaks have been reversed.

Even Swale – England's current Covid-19 hotspot with an infection rate of 559.7 in the week ending November 25 – saw cases decline.

Health Department statistics also provide a much more detailed breakdown of the coronavirus outbreak in Kent, which shows that the infection rate in parts of the county is below the seven-day rolling average of 167.8. This means that the county’s general outbreak is being skewed by major epidemics along the north coast

Health Department statistics also provide a much more detailed breakdown of the coronavirus outbreak in Kent, which shows that the infection rate in parts of the county is below the seven-day rolling average of 167.8. This means that the county’s general outbreak is being skewed by major epidemics along the north coast

Only six of 13 subordinate agencies in Kent - Medway, Tonbridge and Malling, Maidstone, Ashford, Folkestone and Hythe, and Dover - saw coronavirus cases spike last week, according to government figures

Only six of 13 subordinate agencies in Kent – Medway, Tonbridge and Malling, Maidstone, Ashford, Folkestone and Hythe, and Dover – saw coronavirus cases spike last week, according to government figures

Health Department statistics also provide a much more detailed breakdown of the coronavirus outbreak in Kent, which shows that the infection rate in parts of the county is below the seven-day rolling average of 167.8. This means that the county’s general outbreak is being skewed by major epidemics along the north coast.

And the sense of injustice the county feels towards the tougher curbs is exposed in the 1,600-resident village of Groombridge. They're just a seven-minute walk from each other, but Downing Street's revamped three-tier system means the two pubs can be in different countries.

Located on the East Sussex / Kent border, the Junction Inn and Crown Inn may have been visited at their quaint home in the afternoon before the coronavirus. However, a geographic and state quirk means that they fall under different levels of coronavirus restrictions and face very different futures.

If the UK's national lockdown is finally lifted, the Crown Inn in Kent will have to remain closed at enormous economic costs. Meanwhile, 500 yards down the road in East Sussex, the Junction Inn can open its doors to serve a hearty meal and drink.

BRISTOL, SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE AND NORTH SOMERSET: Prices are so low in parts of the county that officials don't say how many cases have been diagnosed

All of Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset will also fall victim to the toughest curbs by tomorrow, although the region's eruption appears to be focused on only two areas.

In some areas of the three affected regions, Covid levels are so low that officials are unable to confirm how many cases have been diagnosed in the past week, fearing it could inadvertently lead to infected residents being identified.

For example, the Charfield, Wickwar and Iron Acton districts, which border neighboring Tier Two Stroud, had fewer than three infections in the week ended November 25.

In some areas of the three affected regions (in white), the Covid levels are so low that officials are not confirming how many cases have been diagnosed in the past week, fearing that it could inadvertently lead to infected residents being identified will

In einigen Gebieten der drei betroffenen Regionen (in Weiß) sind die Covid-Werte so niedrig, dass die Beamten nicht bestätigen, wie viele Fälle in der letzten Woche diagnostiziert wurden, weil sie befürchten, dass dies versehentlich dazu führen könnte, dass infizierte Bewohner identifiziert werden

Alle drei Bezirke weisen eine Infektionsrate auf, die über dem englischen Durchschnitt liegt, wobei Bristol mit 210,0 die höchste ist, gefolgt von North Somerset (185,1) und South Gloucestershire (173,3).

Alle drei Bezirke weisen eine Infektionsrate auf, die über dem englischen Durchschnitt liegt, wobei Bristol mit 210,0 die höchste ist, gefolgt von North Somerset (185,1) und South Gloucestershire (173,3).

Und Backwell und Flax Bourton, die im Herzen von North Somerset liegen, werden ebenfalls von den strengsten Regeln betroffen sein, wenn Englands Sperrung am 2. Dezember endet, obwohl es letzte Woche weniger als drei Fälle gab.

Alle drei Bezirke weisen eine Infektionsrate auf, die über dem englischen Durchschnitt liegt, wobei Bristol mit 210,0 die höchste ist, gefolgt von North Somerset (185,1) und South Gloucestershire (173,3).

Aber auch diese sind aufgrund von Ausbrüchen in Hotspots verzerrt. Daten des Gesundheitsministeriums zeigen, dass Weston Uphill in Weston-Super-Mare bis zum 25. November eine Infektionsrate von 488,0 in den sieben Tagen hatte. Aber nur 12 Meilen entfernt im Distrikt Wrington, Felton und Dundry liegt die Rate bei nur 48,5.

Boris Johnson versprach, die Tier-Allokation auf "gesunden Menschenverstand" zu stützen, und der "Winterplan" der Regierung enthielt eine Reihe von Metriken, die verwendet werden sollen. Dies sind: Fallerkennungsraten in allen Altersgruppen; Fallerkennungsraten in den über 60er Jahren; Die Rate, mit der Fälle steigen oder fallen; Positivitätsrate (die Anzahl der festgestellten positiven Fälle als Prozentsatz der durchgeführten Tests); und Druck auf den NHS, einschließlich der aktuellen und geplanten Belegung.

Es gibt jedoch keine spezifischen numerischen Triggerpunkte, und das Dokument fügte hinzu, dass es "eine gewisse Flexibilität geben wird, diese Indikatoren je nach Kontext gegeneinander abzuwägen".

WARWICKSHIRE: TIER 3 STRATFORD-UPON-AVON HAT EINE UNTERE INFEKTIONSRATE ALS TIER 2 NACHBARN IN NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire gehörte zu den Gebieten, die das gleiche Schicksal erleiden mussten wie Kent, nachdem sie aufgrund ihrer Nachbarn in die härtesten Beschränkungen geraten waren.

Es wird in die dritte Stufe eintreten, wenn Englands Lockdown aufgehoben wird, aber die Infektionsrate liegt massiv unter dem Durchschnitt (92,2) – und es sinkt immer noch.

Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire gehörte zu den Gebieten, die das gleiche Schicksal erleiden mussten wie Kent, nachdem sie aufgrund ihrer Nachbarn in die härtesten Beschränkungen geraten waren

Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire gehörte zu den Gebieten, die das gleiche Schicksal erleiden mussten wie Kent, nachdem sie aufgrund ihrer Nachbarn in die härtesten Beschränkungen geraten waren

Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire gehörte zu den Gebieten, die das gleiche Schicksal erleiden mussten wie Kent, nachdem sie aufgrund ihrer Nachbarn in die härtesten Beschränkungen geraten waren

Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire gehörte zu den Gebieten, die das gleiche Schicksal erleiden mussten wie Kent, nachdem sie aufgrund ihrer Nachbarn in die härtesten Beschränkungen geraten waren

Die Nachbarstaaten Daventry und South Northamptonshire, die sich den strengsten Regeln entzogen und in die zweite Stufe fielen, haben laut eigenen Statistiken der Regierung tatsächlich größere Ausbrüche.

Zum Beispiel betrug die Infektionsrate von Daventry in der Woche bis zum 25. November 117,5, während die von South Northamptonshire 152,4 betrug.

Die Gesamtinfektionsrate in Warwickshire liegt bei 168,2, was bedeutet, dass sie nur geringfügig über dem englischen Durchschnitt liegt. Aber höhere Raten in Coventry und Birmingham – Metropolen, die an die Autorität von Warwickshire grenzen – haben die Minister wahrscheinlich dazu gebracht, die härtesten Maßnahmen zu ergreifen.

Aber die gleichen Ungerechtigkeiten werden immer noch in Cubbington, Stoneleigh und Radford Semele zu spüren sein. Letzte Woche wurden im Distrikt weniger als drei Covid-19-Fälle registriert.

Gesundheitschefs weigern sich zu bestätigen, wie viele Infektionen es gab, wenn das Gebiet weniger als drei hatte, um die Identität von Personen zu schützen.

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