A senior Tory today accused ministers of deliberately delaying the announcement they were ‘pulling the plug’ on Christmas until after MPs went on holiday in order to avoid a backlash in the House of Commons.
Sir Charles Walker, the vice chairman of the influential 1922 Committee of Conservative MPs, said he believed ministers ‘knew on Thursday’ they were going to toughen curbs for the festive period.
Parliament broke for its Christmas holiday on Thursday which means the Government’s new coronavirus restrictions have been rolled out without a debate or a vote.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock today said MPs will be able to have their say on the Tier 4 measures when they return to the Commons in January.
Sir Charles has called for Cabinet resignations over what he believes has been a Christmas coronavirus cover-up.
Read more: Senior Tory Sir Charles Walker accuses ministers of a Christmas coronavirus cover-up as he claims they waited for MPs to go on holiday before announcing Tier 4 to avoid backlash in the Commons