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Rugby's Conservative MP to rebel against government in vote on Covid restrictions

Editorial Correspondent 1st Dec, 2020 Updated: 1st Dec, 2020

THE CONSERVATIVE MP for Rugby will rebel against the government tonight when the House of Commons votes on the three-tier Coronavirus restrictions.

Mark Pawsey said he was ‘deeply disappointed’ that Rugby would be placed under Tier 3 restrictions – the most severe ‘very high’ local alert level – when the second national lockdown ends tomorrow (Wednesday December 2).

He said: “I haven’t heard anything to cause me to change my view that Rugby is being treated harshly by being placed under Tier 3 restrictions due to being grouped with Coventry and Solihull.

“With the support of our local councils, local residents have worked incredibly hard to comply with restrictions since the start of the pandemic and had every expectation that they would be relaxed this week rather than tightened.

“I am acutely aware of the significant impact on businesses due to the measures taken to fight the virus.

“I’m pleased that non-essential retail and gyms will re-open tomorrow, but our pubs, bars and restaurants should be able to do the same. They have already demonstrated that they can comply with social distancing requirements and keep their customers safe, and the data shows that these venues have low levels of transmission of the virus.

“Accordingly, I will not be supporting the government this evening.”

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