Coronavirus: Boris Johnson accused by former Conservative leader of “giving in” to science advisers and “bringing” England back to lockout | Political news


Boris Johnson has been accused by a former Tory leader of ‘giving in’ to government science advisers and ‘bringing England back into another lockdown’.

Iain Duncan Smith said that announcement of a second national stop is a “big blow to the British people”.

At a press conference on Saturday, the Prime Minister said there would be a month-long lockdown in England which will begin on Thursday.

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Before that, MPs will vote on the latest restrictions on Wednesday.

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has said his party will vote in favor of the lockdown, which means the government will not be defeated in the Commons.

But a number of Conservative MPs have voiced their discontent and denounced the country’s return to lockdown.

Duncan Smith, who served as Conservative leader from 2001 to 2003, said the lockdown comes “just as the economy is recovering, even giving rise to optimism.”

He added: “The way the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) pressured the government to make this decision is unprecedented.

“Normally, councilors advise and ministers decide. Yet that system broke, with SAGE believing its advice to be more like commandments written in stone and its members publicly lecturing the government on airways if there was a disagreement.

“This despite the fact that many of its recommendations have been strongly contested by other leading scientists. ”

Sir Desmond Swayne, Conservative MP for New Forest West in Hampshire, told Sky News “it will take a lot of persuasion for me to vote for this disastrous course of action”.

“I am not convinced that the cost of the intervention that we are about to make, with disastrous consequences, is worth the candle,” he said.

“I think we chose a course that is worse than virus deaths. ”

Sir Robert Syms has said he will vote against a second lockdown.

“Rather disappointed by [the] press conference, better arguments for the lockdown and more details are expected, ”the Dorset MP for Poole wrote on Twitter after Mr Johnson’s press conference.

Wokingham MP John Redwood also expressed his skepticism, tweeting: ‘If the lockdown case is about NHS capacity, why are the hospital admissions forecast huge, including fewer cases than the NHS managed earlier this year? ”

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He added in another post: “What is the exit strategy from the national lockdown? ”

David Davis, who was Brexit secretary under Theresa May, has suggested that a number of his Conservative colleagues could vote against the shutdown.

Speaking to Times Radio ahead of the Prime Minister’s announcement, he said MPs “got to see the data” behind the move in order to be convinced.

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Meanwhile, the government has been accused of showing “contempt” for northern leaders after announcing a nationwide lockdown and extending the holiday program.

Politicians had called for employees of companies forced to close under Tier 3 restrictions to be paid 80% of their wages, but workers were instead offered 67% through the employment support program. .

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson told BBC Breakfast: ‘It’s interesting too, isn’t it, that of course last night they announced that the leave schedule would go back to 80%, which Andy Burnham, Steve Rotheram, the leaders of the North, myself included, have asked.

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“This is the point on contempt … that they rejected the North’s call for the leave scheme to be introduced at level 3, but now all of a sudden they have found the leave scheme at 80 % for a level 4 or national lockdown. ”

In response to a tweet from Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said: “But when we asked you to do this for the lowest paid people in the North, you refused. People here will remember that. ”

And Liverpool area mayor Steve Rotheram tweeted: “We now know for sure that the government thinks workers in the North were worth 13% less than workers in the South. “


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