North being treated like ‘petri dish’ for local lockdowns

Watch: Johnson expected to order pubs to shut in the north of England

The government is treating the North “like a petri dish” for local lockdown experiments as harsher restrictions are considered, the mayor of the Liverpool City Region has said.

With coronavirus cases continuing to rise across the North of England and current local lockdown measures failing to stop the increase, the government is considering tightening measures only weeks after introducing new ones.

Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotherham told GMB: “What we’ve seen is an ever-widening North-South divide in measures being taken.

“Quite simply the North should not be a petri dish for experimentation by central government.”

Politicians across the North have criticised the Government over plans to close pubs and restaurants next week to tackle rising coronavirus cases.

The proposals, which have not been confirmed, appeared on the front pages of The Times, Telegraph and Sun newspapers,

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Private schools treated like ‘society’s villains’ because of ‘stereotyping and prejudice’, says top headteacher

Private schools are the victims of “stereotyping and prejudice” and people should stop treating them as “society’s villains”, a top headteacher will argue on Monday.

Sally-Anne Huang, the first female high master of St Paul’s School in London, will also say that private schools can help “heal” UK society from the “multiple wounds” it has sustained from Covid-19.

Ms Huang has just taken over as chair of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, a group of 296 elite private schools.

In a speech to kick off the HMC annual conference she will claim that private schools have been unfairly vilified.

‘Society’s villains’

“As head of an HMC school I expect to be cast as one of society’s villains,” she will say.

“I still get out of bed every day to improve things for young people and, increasingly in recent years, not just the young

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