22nd Apr, 2021

Rachel Maclean to back PM on Covid tiers as rebel Tories prepare

Ross Crawford 1st Dec, 2020 Updated: 1st Dec, 2020

REDDITCH MP Rachel Maclean says she will not be supporting the Tory Rebels in the vote today on the government’s tier system in the House of Commons.

Up to 100 Conservative backbenchers are expected to express their anger with the tough new restrictions brought in last week.

Redditch up to November 26 had 186 Covid-19 infections in 100,000 and has been placed in Tier 2.

Neighbouring Stratford district, with 83 infections in 100,000 is in Tier 3.

Solihull, with 178 infections, although it has been much higher, is also in Tier 3.

One potential Tory rebel is Solihull MP Julian Knight who has said he ‘won’t vote in favour’ of the Government’s three tier 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.

However Mrs Maclean said: “The Government’s approach has always been to save lives and to protect our NHS from being overwhelmed.

“Without the measures we have taken so far, we know thousands of more people would have died and our NHS would have been overwhelmed.

“This is why I will continue to support the Government’s approach today.

“As your local MP, I cannot run away from hard choices. I am voting with my conscience and in line with detailed evidence and advice from local public health teams and front-line health service workers.”

The opposition parties have all said they will abstain on the vote.


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