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MetiNews.Com - MPs in areas such as Norfolk and Cambridgeshire said Mr Burnham should accept the government's 'regional approach' so that their constituencies are not damaged by a national lockdown
Breaking News ! Andy Burnham has hit back after a group of 20 Tory MPs begged him to back down in his fight with the government over Tier 3 restrictions. MPs from areas such as Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Herefordshire and Cambridgeshire sent the Mayor a letter saying they are 'deeply worried' about the prospect of another national lockdown. They therefore urged the Mayor to 'engage with the government's regional approach' which would offer some 'protection' to constituencies such as theirs where coronavirus rates are relatively low at the moment. Appearing on the Andrew Marr show this morning, Mr Burnham said the letter 'isn't going to cut much ice'. Mr Burnham said infection rates in the MPs' constituencies are higher "I'm not sure a sort of 'we're alright Jack' letter from a group of southern Conservative MPs is going to cut much ice here," he said. "I would say to them some of them represent constituencies whose cases were higher than ours when we went into national lockdown. "Anywhere could end up in Tier 3 this winter. "In fact, I would say places are likely to end up in Tier 3 this winter, therefore it's everyone's concern that we protect the lowest paid in our communities." He also pointed out that when the we went into national lockdown, Greater Manchester had lower rates than some of their constituencies. Read More Related Articles Latest borough-by-borough coronavirus infection rates for Greater Manchester Read More Related Articles Melodrama, melancholy and madness: Inside Greater Manchester's lockdown battle with government Mr Burnham and the leaders of Greater Manchester's ten councils are refusing to accept a Tier 3 lockdown on the current terms being offered by the government. They want a furlough scheme that guarantees 80 per cent wages for businesses that are forced to close and more support for those who are indirectly affected. The government is currently offering 67 per cent of wages. On Friday evening, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson claimed the situation in Greater Manchester is 'grave' and that hospital capacity could be overwhelmed within weeks.
. In response, Mr Burnham accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson of having exaggerated the severity of the coronavirus situation in the region. He told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show: "It's a serious situation but I don't think it was the situation that was described by the Prime Minister on Friday evening. "I think it was an exaggeration of the position that we're in."
"Of course it's a matter of concern, and we watch the figures very closely indeed, but the figures have been falling in Manchester itself in the last few days, across Greater Manchester up slightly but certainly not doubling every nine days. "So let's be careful here. I would certainly say this morning let's step back a bit from a war of words."
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Meanwhile, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove accused Mr Burnham of "posturing" and called for action "to save people's lives". He told Sky's Sophy Ridge On Sunday: "I want to reach an agreement with the political leadership in Greater Manchester. I want them to put aside for a moment some of the political positioning that they've indulged in and I want them to work with us in order to ensure that we save lives and protect the NHS. "Instead of press conferences and posturing what we need is action to save people's lives."
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said he will be having a call with the Prime Minister's chief strategic adviser Sir Edward Lister over lockdown restrictions on Sunday. Asked if he was going to be speaking with Boris Johnson, Mr Burnham told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show: "I was due to speak to Sir Ed Lister today so that's the call I was expecting to take later this morning but beyond that I'm ready to speak to ministers to try to resolve this situation."
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