Boris Johnson suffers BIGGEST rebellion as PM as new Covid tier system passes in Commons

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Boris Johnson’s three-tier system will come into place after midnight despite suffering the biggest backbench rebellion of his premiership. In nearly six hours of debate over the controversial measures, senior Tories lined up one after the other to express their anger and frustration at the Government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis.

Just 291 MPs out of the 650 voted in support of the measures. However, the tiers will still come into force after Keir Starmer urged Labour to abstain on the vote, saving the Prime Minister from a humiliating defeat.

Scores of Tories attacked the Prime Minister’s tiered system, warning it would have devastating consequences for businesses.

The new tiers are tougher than the system implemented prior to the national lockdown, with pubs and restaurants in Tier 2 can only serve alcohol with a “substantial meal”, while in Tier 3 eateries must close completely except for takeaways.

A total of 99 percent of England will be placed under the two strictest tiers from tomorrow.

Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the influential backbench 1922 Committee of Tories and an MP in Tier 3 Greater Manchester, said: “If Government is to take away fundamental liberties of the people whom we represent, they must demonstrate beyond question that they’re acting in a way that is both proportionate and absolutely necessary.

“Today, I believe the Government has failed to make that compelling case.”

Ex-Cabinet minister Andrea Leadsom said: “I can’t and won’t inflict deliberate harm on my constituency unless I can see for myself that to do nothing would be worse.”

Meanwhile, Wycombe MP Steve Baker said: “Here we stand at a profoundly dangerous moment, heading into infringements on our liberties around vaccination and testing which we would never normally tolerate and so therefore I find with huge reluctance, I’m going to have to vote no tonight to send a message to the Government.”

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