Government promises to hold votes ‘wherever possible’ on nationwide measures after Tory rebellion



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Matt Hancock has unveiled a government concession giving MPs a say in future “significant national measures” to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, including holding votes wherever possible.

In response to mounting frustration over the introduction of new Covid-19 rules and a lack of parliamentary oversight, the health secretary said he had listened to concerns raised by dozens of backbench Conservatives, who had threatened a rebellion.

His comments followed the dramatic intervention from Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Commons speaker, who rebuked Boris Johnson’s government for treating parliament with “contempt” and pushing through sweeping restrictions in a “totally unsatisfactory” way.

During a press conference at Downing Street on Wednesday evening, the prime minister also warned he would “not hesitate” to impose further national restrictions if the evidence from scientific advisers required it.

Opening a debate on the Coronavirus Act, which provides ministers with the powers to enact draconian

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(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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