COVID-19: Johnson Faces Rebels Within Party As MPs Demand Impact Analysis

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is dealing with rebels within his party following the indication that 99% of England’s population will face the two toughest coronavirus tiers immediately after lockdown ends on December 2.

Senior MPs within Boris Johnson’s party are demanding for a full analysis of the impact of the tightened tier rules on the people’s livelihood as well as the business community.

The Senior Conservatives want Johnson to also publish an analysis of how the tightened tier will reduce infection rates.

The government has assured that it will publish an indebt analysis of the impact as requested by the MPs before they vote on 1 December.

From December 2, it’s learned that 57.3% of England’s population, about 32 million people will fall into Tier 2 while 41.5% – 23.3 million people will have to deal with the Tier 3.

Only 714,000 people (1%) will be living under Tier restrictions in England.

But in the large parts of North East and the North West, the people will face stricter restrictions. Here, hospitality venues will be closed in the run-up to Christmas but only allowed to operate on delivery and takeaway service basis, plus, households will not mix indoors.

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson

According to report and figures, only 8 areas, of the 119 that will be in Tier 3 from next week have reported a rise in Coronavirus cases.

Speaking with BBC, the Chairman of the 1922 Committee of Conservative MPs, Sir Graham Brady said, “By forcing so much of the country into those really tough restrictions, especially places where the rates of infection have been falling to much lower levels, I think the government has given itself a much harder job.”

Daily Mail report has indicated that the PM will be in a showdown next Monday when the MPs vote on the regulation as up to 70 backbenchers are ready to challenge him.

Tiers across England are scheduled to be reviewed on 16 December, however, the Times reports that measures may continue until the middle of January.

One of the MPs who has continued to express concerns over the tougher restriction, Steve Baker who is the deputy chairman of the COVID-19 Recovery Group of Conservative MP said: “authoritarianism at work is truly appalling”.

MP for the Kent constituency of North Thanet told Sky News he fears people “will skip over the boundary” from Tier 3 areas to Tier 2 areas to go to the nearby Pub.

Experts believe tougher restrictions are needed before travel rules are relaxed from 23-37 December – passing the Christmas period.

Recognizing the impact of tougher restriction during a festive period, Ministers are promising the people in Tier 3 areas, access to rapid-result COVID-19 test and cash subsidies.

Areas placed into Tier 2 and Tier 3 will have access to extra cash.

“These are not easy decisions, but they have been made according to the best clinical advice,” the health Secretary said

Meanwhile, at a Downing Street briefing yesterday, Professor Chris Whitty said the Tier 2 restriction won’t “hold the line”. This means that the restriction will not help in reducing infection cases but may stop it from spreading further.

He explained, “Tier 3 we think based on previous experiences is strong enough to pull things down from a higher peak.”

According to the Chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, one in 85 people have COVID-19 in England.

He said, “The tiers worked in terms of slowing but didn’t work in terms of flattening and reversing it.

“The national lockdown looks as if it has flattened it and is sending it downwards and it is important we do bring it down because numbers remain high.”

The Senior Conservatives want Johnson to also publish an analysis of how the tightened tier will reduce infection rates.

The government has assured that it will publish an indebt analysis of the impact as requested by the MPs before they vote on 1 December.

From December 2, it’s learned that 57.3% of England’s population, about 32 million people will fall into Tier 2 while 41.5% – 23.3 million people will have to deal with the Tier 3.

Only 714,000 people (1%) will be living under Tier restrictions in England.

But in the large parts of North East and the North West, the people will face stricter restrictions. Here, hospitality venues will be closed in the run-up to Christmas but only allowed to operate on delivery and takeaway service basis, plus, households will not mix indoors.

According to report and figures, only 8 areas, of the 119 that will be in Tier 3 from next week have reported a rise in Coronavirus cases.

Speaking with BBC, the Chairman of the 1922 Committee of Conservative MPs, Sir Graham Brady said, “By forcing so much of the country into those really tough restrictions, especially places where the rates of infection have been falling to much lower levels, I think the government has given itself a much harder job.”

Daily Mail report has indicated that the PM will be in a showdown next Monday when the MPs vote on the regulation as up to 70 backbenchers are ready to challenge him.

Tiers across England are scheduled to be reviewed on 16 December, however, the Times reports that measures may continue until the middle of January.

One of the MPs who has continued to express concerns over the tougher restriction, Steve Baker who is the deputy chairman of the COVID-19 Recovery Group of Conservative MP said: “authoritarianism at work is truly appalling”.

MP for the Kent constituency of North Thanet told Sky News he fears people “will skip over the boundary” from Tier 3 areas to Tier 2 areas to go to the nearby Pub.

Experts believe tougher restrictions are needed before travel rules are relaxed from 23-37 December – passing the Christmas period.

Recognizing the impact of tougher restriction during a festive period, Ministers are promising the people in Tier 3 areas, access to rapid-result COVID-19 test and cash subsidies.

Areas placed into Tier 2 and Tier 3 will have access to extra cash.

“These are not easy decisions, but they have been made according to the best clinical advice,” the health Secretary said

Meanwhile, at a Downing Street briefing yesterday, Professor Chris Whitty said the Tier 2 restriction won’t “hold the line”. This means that the restriction will not help in reducing infection cases but may stop it from spreading further.

He explained, “Tier 3 we think based on previous experiences is strong enough to pull things down from a higher peak.”

According to the Chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, one in 85 people have COVID-19 in England.

He said, “The tiers worked in terms of slowing but didn’t work in terms of flattening and reversing it.

“The national lockdown looks as if it has flattened it and is sending it downwards and it is important we do bring it down because numbers remain high.”

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