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Caption News::Government warns Manchester leaders: ‘We have the power to proceed’ with Tier 3 restrictions


Caption News::Government warns Manchester leaders: ‘We have the power to proceed’ with Tier 3 restrictions

LT24::Sky::BBC:: Aubrey Allegretti  Manchester could have a Tier 3 coronavirus lockdown imposed on it if negotiations fail, Dominic Raab has told Sky News.

The foreign secretary said ministers have “the power to proceed” with putting the city into England’s highest band of measures to stem the spread of COVID-19.

After a furious row blew up with Manchester politicians and Westminster following talks yesterday, Mr Raab said a deal “ought to be possible”.”We’d much rather work with the local leaders if possible,” he told Kay Burley.But the leader of Manchester City Council Sir Richard Leese said there were no more discussions scheduled with the government today.Mr Raab added the “right thing” for the country was to “avoid a second national lockdown” in the face of coronavirus cases rising a further 18,980 and deaths by 138 on Thursday.

“The way to do it is with a tiered approach that we’ve advocated,” he said.”That will only work, the scientists tell us, if everyone really leans in and implements it to the maximum.”

But at least one politician was unimpressed with Mr Raab’s message on Friday.

Labour’s Jim McMahon, MP for Oldham, tweeted that “less posturing and more practical solutions to reduce the spread of the virus and prevent economic harm… might just work”.

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