Labour likely to back Tory rebels over power to impose new Covid measures

Party says it could back Brady amendment requiring MPs’ approval for new lockdown

Labour has confirmed it is likely to support a rebel Conservative amendment obliging ministers to seek parliamentary approval for new lockdown restrictions, setting up the government for a possible Commons defeat next week.

Jo Stevens, the shadow culture secretary, said Labour’s first preference would be for its own amendment to the Coronavirus Act to be picked by the Speaker, Lindsay Hoyle, on Wednesday, and put to a vote.

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