Tory council leader condemns PM’s ‘unacceptable’ Covid restrictions

Exclusive: Boris Johnson faces broadside from Bolton on day he got north-east rules wrong

Boris Johnson has come under stinging attack from a Tory council leader over the “sheer unfairness” of regional coronavirus restrictions, as the prime minister faced ridicule for muddling new lockdown rules.

David Greenhalgh, the council leader in Bolton, one of the UK’s worst-hit areas, said government handling of the measures was “breeding resentment” among “red wall” voters who switched to the Conservatives in December’s general election.

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