Tory backbenchers staged rebellion by forcing a vote, but were unable to inflict a defeat on the government.
MPs have backed Boris Johnson’s 10pm curfew for pubs and three tier Covid-19 alert level system, despite a small rebellion from Tory backbenchers.
Three motions supporting the alert levels – medium, high or very high – for local lockdowns were waved through after a debate on Tuesday.
They were unable to inflict a symbolic defeat on the government, however, as the motion was approved by 299 votes to 82.
The debate saw some Conservative backbenchers hit out.
Conservative MP Chris Green also resigned as a ministerial aide over the coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday night, saying the “attempted cure is worse than the disease”.
In a move that adds to the pressure on Johnson, Green, who represents Bolton West, said the Greater Manchester lockdown had “failed to control the number of positive tests” and there were “better alternatives to the government’s approach”.
He wrote in a letter to the PM: “By taking the current approach to Covid-19 we are creating many other health problems, which are leading to pain, suffering and death.
“The closure of pubs, restaurants and cafes combined with the reduction of footfall on our high streets has brought many family-owned businesses in my constituency to the brink of collapse and pushed others over the edge.”
Green voted against the curfew regulations as did a number of other “red wall” Tories, including Bishop Auckland’s Dehenna Davison and Stockton South’s Matt Vickers.
During the debate, Edward Leigh, Conservative MP for Gainsborough, said rebels were trying to “hold [the government] to account” over the economy, adding no MP wants to let this thing rip”.