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MPs and council chiefs in north-west England resisting new Covid restrictions

Neither Manchester or Lancashire is yet moving to tier 3, with local MPs said to be furious with ministers * Coronavirus – latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverage Conservative MPs and council leaders have led the charge against putting much of north-west England into the highest level of lockdown restrictions, with one Tory MP saying negotiating with government was like talking to “a wall”. The government has so far been unable to agree whether Greater Manchester and Lancashire should go into the highest level of lockdown restrictions, the health secretary, Matt Hancock, has said, following a morning of stormy discussions with MPs and local leaders. Continue reading...

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