Over 50 Tory MPs in northern England press PM for roadmap out of lockdown

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Joint letter from group expresses fears that election pledge to ‘level up’ is being abandoned

More than 50 Conservative MPs in northern England have thrown down the gauntlet to Boris Johnson, urging him to provide a “clear roadmap” out of lockdown and arguing that the Covid pandemic “has exposed in sharp relief the deep structural and systemic disadvantage faced by our communities”.

In a provocative letter from the Northern Research Group, which is led by former northern powerhouse minister and Johnson ally Jake Berry, the 55 MPs express fears that the government’s “levelling up” is being abandoned. Forty-one are named, many from former “red wall” seats, plus two from north Wales and one from Scotland, while 14 are anonymous.

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