Coronavirus UK news – Lockdown REVOLT as Manchester mayor and northern Tory MPs blast Boris for Tier 3 ‘southern bias’

MANCHESTER Mayor Andy Burnham and swathe of Conservative MPs have launched a lockdown rebellion against new covid restrictions.

Blasting Boris Johnson for alleged “southern bias”, the northern leaders are demanding the PM stop treating the North as a “canary in the coalmine” with experimental restrictions that could cripple local economies.

Several Conservative MPs have rebelled against the Prime Minister over forcing Manchester and Lancashire into Tier 3 restrictions which will effectively lockdown the areas, shutting most pubs, restaurants and gyms.

But the Prime Minister is set to ignore the rebellion and place Manchester into Tier 3 regardless of opposition, though it remains unclear has easy the restrictions will be to enforce if not supported by local government.

The row comes as nine million Londoners prepare for Tier 2 lockdown, banning households mixing indoors on top of national restrictions such as the 10pm curfew and the Rule of Six.

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