MORE than 34million people are facing tougher restrictions than before the national lockdown in the new “unfair” tier system.
Sixty one percent of the population are now worse off after being shifted into a higher tier.
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Boris Johnson is facing Tory rebellion over the new tier system as 99 per cent of the country was plunged into the highest tiers
Fifty five million people are now in tiers two and three – with tougher restrictions than last time.
Around 29.5million Brits are being bumped up one level, while 4.6million are moving up two.
A minuscule 1.8million, making up just three per cent of the population, will have rules relaxed.
The latest lockdown restrictions means all but 1.3 per cent of the country will be placed in the highest tiers on December 2.
Boris Johnson has claimed the measures are necessary to prevent a “New Year national lockdown” after it was revealed just Cornwall, the Isle of Wight and Isles of Scilly placed in the lowest Tier 1.
Over 23 million people in the Midlands, North East and North West have been placed in the most restrictive Tier 3, where almost all household mixing is banned, bars and restaurants are limited to takeaway and delivery.
Speaking in Downing Street after emerging from 14 days of self-isolation, the PM said: “I know this will bring a great deal of heartache and frustration, especially for our vital hospitality sector – our pubs, our restaurants, our hotels, in so many ways the soul of our communities – which continue to bear a disproportionate share of the burden.
“I really wish it were otherwise, but if we are to keep schools open, as we must, then our options in bearing down on the disease are necessarily limited.”
But Mr Johnson could now be facing Tory rebellion with up to 70 MPs in Tier 3 areas furious at the move.
The tough new measures will be put to a vote on Tuesday – the same day they are due to start.
Former Cabinet minister Damian Green, whose Kent constituency has fallen into a tier 3 category, despite a relatively low case rate, told the Daily Mail: “The Government are in more trouble than they realise.
“These decisions have enraged a lot of the Tory heartlands, as well as a lot of our newly-won constituencies in the North and Midlands.
“You could be looking at the biggest rebellion of this Parliament.”
You could be looking at the biggest rebellion of this Parliament.
Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee, the powerful group of Tory backbenchers, has been vocal in his disagreement with the new tier system.
He told the BBC: “I will vote against it. I have severe reservations on so many different levels. I do think that the policies have been far too authoritarian.”
Liam Fox and John Penrose, former ministers, hit out at the “illogical” decision to place their Somerset consistencies into tier 3 because of their closeness to Bristol.
NEW YEAR LOCKDOWN
The PM warned there could be a new national lockdown in January if Brits don’t follow the new tier rules.
He told the nation from No10: “your tier is not your destiny – every area has the means of escape”.
Mr Johnson also promised that “together we can get through this winter, suppress the virus, and reclaim our lives and all the things we love”.
The strict area rules will be reviewed at least every 14 days – with the possibility of slipping down a Tier if the rate of infection drops.
Yet Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said it would be a “mistake to make too many judgements too early”.
He said that “hopefully in some weeks to come, more areas can go into tier one” but that it would be an error to do that just before Christmas.
And he urged the nation to “be sensible” and “don’t do stupid things” for their best shot at getting out of strict rules in the New Year.
He warned people not to cuddle elderly relatives at Christmas as they may not “survive to be hugged again”.
Speaking at tonight’s government briefing, Sir Patrick Vallance stressed that “hugging elderly relatives is not something you want to go out and do”.
Underlining Sir Patrick’s point, Professor Whitty added: “It’s not illegal but the fact that you can do something doesn’t mean you should.”
He added: “It does not make sense because you could be carrying a virus and if you’ve got an elderly relative, that would not be the thing you’d want to do in a period where we’re running up to that point where actually we might be able to protect older people.
The PM held a press conference with Patrick Vallance and Chris Whitty
The Government website crashed today as people frantically checked their area’s tier category
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