Tuesday 20 October 2020 / 7:10 PM Coronavirus / Keir Starmer

Labour to force Commons vote demanding a ‘fair one nation deal’ for communities facing Tier 3 restrictions

Labour will tomorrow [Wednesday] force a vote in the House of Commons demanding that the Government delivers “a fair deal” for communities facing Tier 3 restrictions.

The vote follows the Government’s failure to reach an agreement with Greater Manchester on the financial support available to people and businesses as the region facing Tier 3 restrictions from Saturday.

Labour will urge MPs to back its motion demanding the Government guarantees people faced with hardship who are subject to the Job Support Scheme extension will receive at least 80 per cent of their previous incomes.

The vote comes as a number of Conservative MPs in Greater Manchester have criticised the Government’s handling of the negotiations.


Keir Starmer MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“The Conservatives have been treating local communities, particularly in the Midlands, North West and North East, and their leaders with contempt.

“This is not just a matter of fairness for people in Greater Manchester, but for people across the country who could find themselves in Tier 3 in the weeks ahead. Families and businesses will be deeply anxious that they might not be able to make ends meet under the Government’s wholly inadequate proposals.

“The Prime Minister and the Chancellor need to make good on their commitment to the British people to do whatever it takes to help us through this pandemic. We need a fair one nation deal that can help us through the second wave.

“I would urge all Conservative MPs, particularly those in areas of the country that are most affected by this, to vote with us tomorrow and force the Government’s hand.”