Live: Matt Hancock makes statement to MPs on pandemic

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Boris Johnson has imposed tough coronavirus restrictions on Greater Manchester after talks aimed at reaching an agreement ended in sharpness.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said talks collapsed after the government refused to meet his request for £ 65 million to provide livelihoods for people in the area as it faced pub closings , Bars, bookmakers and other premises are available.

But Whitehall insiders accused the Labor mayor of “intransigence”, claiming his “pride” had a deal failed.

Amid bitter accusations between Westminster and Manchester politicians, 2.8 million lives will be tougher as of Friday.

Speaking to reporters in Manchester, Burnham said those in charge of the Greater Manchester authorities originally wanted £ 90m – £ 15m a month by the end of the fiscal year – to protect the incomes of the unemployed.

They eventually reduced that amount to £ 65 million, but ministers would only offer £ 60 million.

The Prime Minister only confirmed a sum of £ 22 million when he announced at a press conference on Downing Street the new restrictions designed to implement and enforce the new rules.


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