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England goes into lockdown: MPs overwhelmingly approve Boris Johnson’s second lockdown

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Despite threats of a party rebellion, Boris Johnson’s coronavirus lockdown plan was passed by 516 votes to 38 a majority of 478. 

This means from midnight on Thursday morning, shops and businesses across the country will be forced to close. 

Some notable Tory MPs such as former leader, Sir Iain Duncan Smith, MP for Wycombe, Steve Baker and chairman of the influential 1922 Committe, SIr Graham brady had all stated their opposition to the bill.

Mr Johnson, however, was handed a huge boost, despite anger among from some Tories, after the Opposition pledged to support the lockdown. 

While criticising the Prime Minister for the delay in the lockdown, Sir Keir Starmer did welcome the announcement made last Saturday. 

The Prime Minister has pledged to end the lockdown on December 2, amid concern it could be extended beyond the initial end date. 

Mr Johnson had been forced into this drastic action as the picture across England looks increasingly bleak.  

Today, NHS England revealed there had been a further 302 deaths in hospitals from coronavirus. 

That is a 74 percent increase from last Wednesday and is the reason why the Prime Minister warned MPs a second lockdown was needed to stop the surge in cases.

According to Government statistics as of today, there have also been 21,863 across England – there were 25,177 across the UK. 

In terms of deaths, there were also 388 reported in England today within 28 days of a positive test. 

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Overall, across the UK there were 492 deaths in all setting – the total now stands at 47,742. 

Despite the rising number of cases, some Tory MPs argued for a continuation of the tier system. 

They argued the three-tier system had as of yet, not been given enough time to have an impact. 

Mr Johnson had stated earlier today: “I am not prepared to take the risk with the lives of British people.

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“While it pains me to call for such restrictions on lives, liberty and business I have no doubt that these restrictions represent the best and safest path for our country.”

Indeed, Tory MPs also stated their concern over the economic impacts of a second lockdown in England. 

More to follow…

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