Tory rebels fail to overturn 10pm pub rule
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