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Senior Tories are planning "parliamentary lockdown" in order to subject Covid emergency measures to a vote by MPs


Senior Tories plans a "parliamentary lockdown" to prevent Boris Johnson from restricting public freedom without scrutiny

  • Tory MPs unhappy with new restrictions like the rule of six are planning a riot
  • A new amendment could force ministers to vote on MPs' actions first
  • The MP who heads the prosecution says ministers must follow democratic processes

According to The Sunday Telegraph, Senior Tories are planning a parliamentary lockdown to keep Boris Johnson from having the final say on new lockdown measures.

Altrincham and Sale West MP Sir Graham Brady plans to table an amendment that would force ministers to vote on new measures first.

MPs will vote next week to re-approve the government's use of such emergency powers under the Coronavirus Act 2020.

Sir Graham Brady (center) tries to force MPs to vote on coronavirus contingency measures amid fears that public freedom will be restricted without parliamentary scrutiny. Senior Tory MPs are said to be furious that they are unable to discuss new measures such as the rule of six and £ 1000 fines for disregarding self-isolation that will go into effect next week. Brady said there was "no justification for ministers who rule by emergency powers without reference to normal democratic processes" that parliament was now in session (file photo).

A Downing Street spokesman told The Telegraph: "It is absolutely important that MPs are involved in this process as these decisions will have a huge impact on them and their constituents and we will continue to discuss these plans with all MPs."

However, some senior Tory MPs are upset about new restrictions on public freedom, such as the Rule of Six, being introduced without debate in the House of Commons.

Drinkers are seen around town in Nottingham on Saturday. Fear of a second wave of coronavirus has led Boris Johnson to put in place tough new rules to limit the spread of the virus. However, some in his party are unhappy with changes that they believe are unfairly restricting the freedom of their voters.

Drinkers are seen around town in Nottingham on Saturday. Fear of a second wave of coronavirus has led Boris Johnson to put in place tough new rules to limit the spread of the virus. However, some in his party are unhappy with changes that they believe are unfairly restricting the freedom of their voters.

Fines of up to £ 1000 for breaching self-isolation have also been approved without parliamentary scrutiny.

Sir Brady, chairman of the Tory Backbenchers Committee in 1922, said Parliament has been in session since April.

"There is now no justification for ministers who rule from emergency powers without reference to normal democratic processes."

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