Boris Johnson warning: PM faces Tory REBELLION as MPs reject ‘disastrous’ lockdown

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Tory MP Sir Desmond Swayne argued another coronavirus lockdown would prove “disastrous” for the country. While speaking to Sky News’ host Tom MacLeod, Sir Desmond argued another lockdown would have dire economic ramifications for the country. He claimed that he and other MPs may not necessarily support Boris Johnson’s Government on the upcoming Commons vote next week.

The Sky News host said: “Sir Desmond you say you will not vote for a second lockdown.

“What are your numbers currently looking like?”

Sir Desmond answered: “I am always very cautious about the numbers.

“When it came to face masks it was only myself and sir Christopher Chope that actually demanded a vote and voted against.

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“I will listen to the debate with an open mind.

“But it would take a huge amount of persuasion for me to vote for this disastrous cause of action.”

Mr MacLeod replied: “So unlike someone like Steve Baker who was called into No10 yesterday, he was shown the charts and data and came out looking pretty worried, what you saw doesn’t worry you enough for what the Government wants to do?”

Sir Desmond then highlighted the reasons he believed another lockdown would be bad for England.

He said: “I am worried about the disastrous consequences.

“Consequences for unemployment, businesses and years of under-investment while we try and pay this off.

“The reality is the number of deaths for the time of the year is normal and expected.

“It is difficult to believe scientists who tell you there is a deadly pandemic taking place when there are no excess deaths taking place beyond the normal five-year average.”

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Boris Johnson’s latest lockdown rules come into effect on Thursday and will see all but non-essential businesses close. 

Speaking at his briefing on Saturday, Mr Johnson said: “The virus is spreading even faster than the reasonable worst-case scenario of our scientific advisers. 

“Unless we act we could see death in this country running at several thousand a day.

“From Thursday till the start of December, you must stay home and must only leave for specific reasons.

“These include for education, work, if you cannot work from home, exercise and recreation outdoors with your household or one other person from another household and for medical reasons like appointments.”

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