Tories on the brink: Peter Bone in damning rant against Boris’s ‘unelected spin doctors’

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The senior Tory MP claimed the Government’s coronavirus 10pm curfew rules would have never been accepted by MPs if debated in the Commons ahead of being introduced. Speaking to TalkRADIO, he said: “If the 10pm rule had been debated in Parliament, I don’t think it would have gone through and we wouldn’t have had the nonsense of people spilling out of pubs all at the same time, gathering outside, drinking in the streets without any social distancing.

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“Whereas at least if you’re in the pub there is proper social distancing.

“That’s the sort of thing that I think debating in Parliament would have stopped happening.

“These decisions aren’t being made by the Cabinet.

“These decisions have been made by unelected spin doctors and spads who basically are making decisions which these people are not accountable for at all.

“We don’t even know who’s making these decisions.

“It’s not how democracy works and it’s certainly not how our country should work.”

Ministers have held crisis talks with Tory MPs in an effort to ward off a revolt over coronavirus laws.

Mr Johnson is under pressure to give Parliament the opportunity to debate and vote on future restrictions, with more than 50 Tory MPs signalling they could rebel on the matter.

MPs will vote on Wednesday on whether to renew the powers in the Coronavirus Act, with Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the influential Tory backbench 1922 Committee, leading calls for ministers to consult Parliament before introducing new curbs on people’s freedoms.

Some 52 Conservatives publicly back the amendment, enough to wipe out Mr Johnson’s Commons majority if it is put to a vote and opposition parties support it.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock, chief whip Mark Spencer and Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg met Conservative MPs in an effort to address their concerns.

Former minister Steve Baker, one of those who signed up to Sir Graham’s amendment, was at the “cordial and constructive meeting”, and said: “I hope and expect we will reach a satisfactory agreement.”

It comes as tougher restrictions banning people from mixing with other households in any setting will be introduced tonight in large parts of north-east England due to a continued sharp rise in coronavirus cases.

Existing measures – for Northumberland, Newcastle, North and South Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham – are being tightened at the request of local councils because the virus is still spreading, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said.

It had been illegal for two households to mix inside or in a garden, but it was only guidance that they should not meet at public venues, including restaurants and pubs.

The measures will come into force from midnight on Wednesday and will be enforceable with fines, the Department for Health and Social Care said.

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Making the announcement in the House of Commons, Mr Hancock said: “Unfortunately the number of cases continues to rise sharply.

“The incidence rate across the area is now over 100 cases per 100,000. We know that a large number of these infections are taking place in indoor settings outside the home.

“And so at the request of the local councils, with whom we have been working closely, we will introduce legal restrictions on indoor mixing between households in any setting.”

He said these steps are not taken “lightly” but they must happen now as swift action is more likely to bring the virus under control.

The Government said that, as of 9am on Monday, there had been a further 4,044 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, taking the overall number to 439,013.

A further 13 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19 as of Monday, October 28.

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