Nov 4, 2020

Covid: MPs to vote on England's one-month lockdown

MPs will vote later on the government's month-long lockdown in England, amid growing unease among Conservatives about its economic and social impact. Labour first called for a short lockdown or "Circuit-breaker" in England last month and have criticised the government for not acting quickly or decisively enough. On Tuesday, Prof Chris Whitty, England's chief medical officer, defended lockdowns, telling MPs they were the only practical option to stem the spread of Covid-19 until a vaccine and better drugs become available. Among the Conservative MPs to criticise the nationwide lockdown during a parliamentary debate on Tuesday was Richard Drax, who said the lockdowns were "Destructive, divisive, and don't work". The new rules replace a tiered system of different local restrictions across England, which ministers say they want to return to after the country-wide lockdown is due to end on 2 December.

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