Covid: Don’t let north get ‘left behind’ Tory MPs warn PM

Published:Tuesday, 27 Oct 2020 12:10

Covid: Don’t let north get ‘left behind’ Tory MPs warn PM

More than 50 Tory MPs have written to the prime minister calling for a “clear road map” out of lockdown restrictions in northern England, warning the region risks being “left behind”.

The letter from the Northern Research Group said the pandemic threatened Boris Johnson’s pledge to “level-up”.

They also called for an economic recovery plan for the region, arguing it had been hardest hit by the virus.

No 10 said it was “committed to levelling up across the country”.

And speaking to BBC Newsbeat, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said that he shared the MPs’ “frustrations at restrictions” adding that the government wanted to invest in northern areas.

All the areas under the strictest restrictions of the government’s three-tier system for England are in the North or the Midlands.

Warrington has become the latest area to join the Liverpool City Region, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Yorkshire in the top tier, while Nottingham and parts of the surrounding county will move into the highest tier on Thursday.

This will mean about eight million people in England will be living under the toughest restrictions, which are reviewed after 28 days, by the end of the week.

In areas under tier three rules, pubs and bars not serving substantial meals must close and households are not allowed to mix indoors or outdoors in hospitality venues or private gardens