Great Britain

Manchester must strike Tier 3 deal by midday tomorrow or be forced into lockdown

The Sun

CLOCK'S TICKING

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.

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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