Tory Rebellion Over U.K. Government Covid Powers Gains Momentum

(Bloomberg) — A rebellion within Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party over the U.K. government’s emergency Covid-19 powers gathered momentum as opposition parties signaled they will back the move.



Steve Baker wearing a suit and tie: Steve Baker, Conservative Party member of U.K. Parliament, poses for a photograph in the Westminster district of London, U.K., on Monday, April 8, 2019. The nightmare for Baker is that his vision of a clean break from the EU, restoring self-government to Britain, now looks set to crash.


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Steve Baker, Conservative Party member of U.K. Parliament, poses for a photograph in the Westminster district of London, U.K., on Monday, April 8, 2019. The nightmare for Baker is that his vision of a clean break from the EU, restoring self-government to Britain, now looks set to crash.

Senior figures in both the main opposition Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats indicated on Sunday they’re likely to support any move by the Tory rebels to wrest power for Parliament back from the government if it goes to a vote on Sept. 30. Steve Baker, an influential rank-and-file Tory rebel, said he’s “certain” the bid will succeed with opposition support.

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That Johnson’s 78-seat majority could be under threat is

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