Here's which Northamptonshire MPs voted against the Government over Freedom Day delay

Wellingborough's Peter Bone blasts 'lies, damned lies and Covid' statistics"

Thursday, 17th June 2021, 9:40 am
Updated Thursday, 17th June 2021, 9:42 am

Three Northamptonshire MPs were among 51 Tory rebels who voted against the Government extending Covid-19 restrictions.

Kettering's Philip Hollobone, Wellingborough MP Peter Bone and Northampton South's Andrew Lewer were among 60 who voted against pushing back Freedom Day by up to four weeks from June 21.

Northampton North MP Michael Ellis, Corby's Tom Pursglove, railways minister and Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris and South Northants' Dame Andrea Leadsom all voted in favour of the latest amendments as the government secured a 461 to 60 victory.

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It means limits on numbers for sports events, theatres and cinemas will remain in place, nightclub doors will stay closed and people will be asked to continue working from home where possible until July 19.

Mrs Leadsom said she supported the move "with a heavy heart."

And she called on Boris Johnson to lift the restrictions after two weeks, not four, so that "some of the joys of summer can light up people’s lives once again".

NHS figures yesterday (Wednesday) revealed 9,055 new Covid-19 cases were recorded in 24 hours — the highest since mid-February — and that nine more people have died.

Tory MPs Peter Bone, Philip Hollobone and Andrew Lewer all voted against the government last night

Health secretary Matt Hancock told MPs ahead of the vote there has been a "significant change" that has given the virus "extra legs".

Wellingborough's lockdown-sceptic MP Peter Bone said: "This is about the liberty of the British people. We are taking away something that is our right.

"I do not think the Government have made the case for putting off unlocking.

"There are lies, damned lies and Covid statistics. The Government have been using an extraordinary propaganda machine to take certain statistics to try to prove their case.

Tory MPs Michel Ellis, Andrea Leadsom, Chris Heaton-Harris and Tom Pursglove all backed the government

"But the total number of deaths at the moment is running below the five-year average."

He added: "The Government made their own original forecasts for what would happen on May 17 when we did the major unlocking. But we have done better than their best prediction of the situation, so why have we now gone into this doom and gloom?

"As much as I like the Prime Minister, I think he has got this wrong."