Coronavirus: Local council ‘canceled’, lockdown restrictions to be lifted against its will | Political news


The government has been accused of ‘canceling’ a local council by lifting coronavirus restrictions in parts of Greater Manchester.

Andrew Western, the head of the Trafford Council, reacted angrily by revealing that the government would announce later on Friday that COVID-19[feminine[feminine restrictions would be relaxed.

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On July 31, residents of Trafford – as well as other parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire – were urged to no longer socialize with other households in their own homes, gardens, pubs or restaurants.

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In a statement on Friday, the Labor monitoring group on Trafford Council revealed that it had called for local restrictions to remain in place for a week or two “in the interest of public safety”.

They cited a slight increase in the local rate of coronavirus infections in the last few days.

But the Labor statement said the government had instead rejected them and decided to lift the local measures, with an announcement expected later.

Mr. Western said “no one bothered” to discuss the expected decision with him.

“I run a council with a population of 230,000, but the government couldn’t bother to pick up the phone to tell me we were being rejected, let alone explain why,” he posted on Twitter .

The head of the council added: “It is quite clear that the government’s statements that partnering with local authorities are absurd and are intended only to appease conservative MPs. ”

But Nathan Evans, the leader of the Conservative group on Trafford Council, praised a collaborative approach to reaching the decision.

He posted on Twitter: “After working collaboratively with factual data, local leaders and our MP, the government has agreed to lift the extended restrictions on Trafford shortly.

“This is great positive news, local listening. ”

Last week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced a more targeted approach to local COVID-19 restrictions in which the opinions of MPs would also be solicited to achieve “the highest possible local consensus.”

Among Trafford’s three MPs is Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the influential 1922 committee of Conservative backbenchers.

He told Sky News he was not “convinced” by Trafford Council’s request for an extension of the restrictions and that he had requested more local data earlier in the week.

“I understand that the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs offered the choice to end the restrictions on neighborhoods with the lowest infection rates or to end the restrictions for the entire borough and the council chose the latter, ”he added.

“It should be noted that 19 of the 21 wards had between zero and five cases last week, with 11 wards having no or one case.

“In most of the infected departments, only one household will be affected. Hospital admissions continue to decline.

“Maintaining the restrictions that make it illegal for people to see their families appears to be an extreme measure in these circumstances. ”

Ahead of the expected announcement of local coronavirus restrictions in Greater Manchester on Friday, political leaders in Stockport and Bolton reached consensus to ask the government to remove current restrictions on social gatherings at homes.

Hazel Grove MP William Wragg told the Manchester Evening News on Friday that the restrictions would be lifted in Stockport.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham had said earlier in the week that restrictions in Oldham, Manchester, Rochdale, Bury, Tameside, Salford and Trafford should remain for now.

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It was also announced on Friday that restrictions on mixing between different households in homes or gardens in Burnley and Hyndburn would be lifted from next Wednesday and aligned with the rest of England.

Lancashire Director of Public Health Dr Sakthi Karunanithi said: “People living in Burnley and Hyndburn will be delighted that the government has lifted additional restrictions in their areas, but this must not lead to complacency.

“In both Burnley and Hyndburn, infection rates are well above the national average with an increasing rate in Hyndburn.

“The coronavirus does not respect administrative boundaries and there is a high volume of social, educational and commuting travel between these areas and Lancashire hot spots. “


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