Boris Johnson’s: The prime minister and government officials have been accused of trying to “terrify” the British public over coronavirus.
Conservative MPs voiced their disquiet with aspects of Boris Johnson’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in a lengthy Commons debate.
It comes ahead of a looming showdown over the government’s powers to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
MPs will vote on Wednesday on whether to renew the powers in the Coronavirus Act, with Downing Street battling to avoid what would be a damaging rebellion on the issue.
The PM is coming under pressure to give parliament more of a role in debating and voting on new coronavirus restrictions.
An amendment put forward by Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs, has gained the support of dozens of Conservatives.
More than 50 Tories have signalled they could rebel against the government if the amendment is put to a vote, which would be enough to hand Mr Johnson a high-profile defeat if opposition parties all throw their collective weight behind it.
Ministers held talks with potential rebels on Wednesday evening in a bid to ward off a revolt.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock, chief whip Mark Spencer and Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg met with them to try and address their concerns. Read More..