21st Jan, 2021

Solihull MP says he won't vote in favour of Government's three tier system

Sarah Mason 30th Nov, 2020

SOLIHULL’S Conservative MP Julian Knight said he ‘won’t vote in favour’ of the Government’s three their regional lockdown, unless there is more help for the hospitality sector.

He’s one of a number of Conservative MPs who could defy orders from Prime Minister Boris Johnson and fail to back the lockdown, when the House of Commons holds a vote on Tuesday.

The new lockdown system, announced last week put Solihull and Coventry in tier three.

Under these restrictions bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants must close, although they can continue to offer takeaway services and residents are barred from meeting anyone they do not live with in any indoor setting.

But although the rules are due to come into force on December 2, they must first be approved by MPs, with a vote due to take place on Tuesday.

There are reports that up to 70 Conservative MPs could refuse to back the proposals.

On Twitter Mr Knight said: “I won’t be voting in favour of the new tiering measures unless the government assures me it’ll provide targeted help for our hospitality sector.

“Hospitality venues have worked tirelessly to adapt all year and deserve our support.”

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