Boris Johnson’s Covid plan in turmoil after north-west leaders refuse tier 3

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Boris Johnson’s Covid plan in turmoil after north-west leaders refuse tier 3




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Greater Manchester mayor says he will not let region’s people be ‘canaries in coalmine’

Downing Street’s flagship policy for tackling the coronavirus in England has descended into chaos after mayors and MPs from the north-west of the country emphatically rejected being moved into the highest lockdown level and accused ministers of treating the region with contempt.

Talks designed to broker an agreement ended with bitter and angry exchanges, deepening a north-south rift that has left the government’s strategy of tiered restrictions in turmoil.

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