In a scathing new report put out by the No Holding Back campaign, Ian Lavery, John Trickett and Laura Smith have launched a broadside against Boris Johnson over the bias against working class constituencies outside London, writing
Boris Johnson has treated held back communities in northern England as second-class citizens. His decision to keep tough restrictions for the north for longer while neglecting to place London in tier three shows that he has no regard for the difficulties faced by our constituents. Placing London in tier two will ultimately cost unnecessary lives and prolong this second wave.
With tier restrictions commencing on 3rd December, Boris Johnson had a chance to show he had learned from his blatant discrimination in trying to foist 67% furlough on Northern England while pivoting to 80% furlough when the lockdown was extended to the South of England. Not only did he fail, but he repeated that discrimination again leaving us in no doubt of his disregard for held back communities. Like ours.
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