North of England mayors reject support plans for local Covid lockdowns

Greater Manchester’s Andy Burnham said government package would mean ‘failure and collapse’ for businesses

Mayors across the north of England have rejected the government’s financial package for areas in local lockdown, warning it would cause long-term economic devastation.

Mayors from Greater Manchester and the North of Tyne, Sheffield city and Liverpool city combined authorities are calling on northern MPs to mount a parliamentary challenge against the new lockdown measures, which are expected to be unveiled on Monday.

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