Tory rebels fail to over­turn 10pm pub rule

Daily Express - - CORONAVIRU­S: NEWS MEASURES - By Macer Hall

REBEL Tories failed to de­feat the Gov­ern­ment in a crunch vote over the Prime Min­is­ter’s na­tional 10pm cur­few on pubs, bars and restau­rants.

Health Sec­re­tary Matt Han­cock told the Com­mons “the loss of life would be sim­ply too great to con­tem­plate” if the virus was left unchecked dur­ing a pas­sion­ate de­bate.

MPs also ap­proved the three- tier Covid- 19 alert level sys­tem for Eng­land.

A mo­tion on the statu­tory in­stru­ment which con­tained the cur­few, among other mea­sures, was ap­proved by 299 votes to 82, ma­jor­ity 217.

Forty- two Tory MPs op­posed the mea­sure and Chris Green, MP for Bolton West, quite as Par­lia­men­tary Pri­vate Sec­re­tary in ed­u­ca­tion. In his res­ig­na­tion let­ter, he wrote of those strug­gling in his con­stituency, adding: “I be­lieve the at­tempted cure is worse than the disease.”

Sir Gra­ham Brady, chair­man of the 1922 Com­mit­tee of Tory back­benchers and a fre­quent critic of lock­down mea­sures, joined the re­volt along with a string of former min­is­ters in­clud­ing Steve Baker, John Red­wood and David Davis.

Labour whipped its front bench MPs to ab­stain.

A se­nior Tory source noted: “Labour failed to back tighter re­stric­tions in ar­eas of the coun­try where the numbers of peo­ple in hospi­tals are ris­ing while at the same time call­ing for a na­tional lock­down.”

Chris Green quit post

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