BORIS Johnson has given leaders in the North until midday tomorrow or he will FORCE Greater Manchester into a Tier 3 lockdown.
The PM has warned that he will be forced to intervene if no deal is brokered over stricter covid restrictions.
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Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said 10 days of discussions in "good faith" have not resulted in an agreement.
When asked if this means No10 will impose a lockdown on the region, he replied: "That's a matter for the PM to decide."
Mr Johnson has been locked in a bitter battle with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham who has refused to accept his Covid-19 clampdown without greater financial support.
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Earlier this evening, the Labour mayor said: "We went into today's meeting with the government with a positive and unanimous view amongst Greater Manchester leaders that we should seek a resolution as soon as possible.
"We had been encouraged by earlier discussions at an official level where the idea of a Hardship Fund, to top up furlough payments and support the self-employed, had been tabled by the government.
"It was both surprising and disappointing when this idea was taken off the table by the Secretary of State."
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