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
(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.
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.
That Johnson’s 78-seat majority could be under threat is
(Bloomberg) — U.K. Conservative Party rebels have the numbers to defeat the government as they seek to curb Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s emergency coronavirus powers, leading rank-and-file Tory Steve Baker said on Sunday.
“We don’t really want a rebellion,” Baker told Sky News. “We’re trying to support the government in getting this done by saying let us vote on these measures and support the government, let’s have policy which enjoys our consent.”
Baker is among dozens of Tories to back an amendment that seeks to give the House of Commons a chance to debate and vote upon changes to