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The leader of Manchester City Council has said political leaders would have no choice but to comply if ministers decided to impose the most stringent tier three restrictions.Copyright: PA Media
Sir Richard Leese told BBC2's Newsnight:Quote Message: I am hoping that we will be able to sit down again with ministers and come to an agreement which will serve the best interests of the people of Manchester.Quote Message: Clearly if government imposes tier three - and I hope that won't happen - we will clearly need to comply with that.
There was anger among some of those involved in the negotiations at what they said was the use of "selective statistics" by the government to raise concern about the public health situation in the region.
Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors in Manchester have reacted angrily to the way the new lockdown measures affecting the city were announced, the Local Democracy Reporting Service has said.Copyright: Reuters
Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that increased measures were being brought in across parts of northern England via Twitter on Thursday night.
Councillor Pat Karney, the city centre lead for Manchester's Labour-led council, said it was not the right way to make such an important announcement.Quote Message: We all agree with health actions that protect us but the continued shambolic messaging and information from the government is making matters worse.Quote Message: This is not serious adult government.
John Leech, the leader of the council's Lib Dem opposition, also criticised the move, adding that he was not sure if the government "would lockdown the whole of London in the same way they have Greater Manchester".
People "must not be complacent about the continuing risk of Covid-19", the leader of Manchester City Council has said in response to the new lockdown measures imposed on the area.
In a statement, Sir Richard Leese said:Quote Message: Over the last week, we have seen a significant increase in cases in nine of the 10 Greater Manchester boroughs [and] the evidence is that most of this transmission is now taking place in community settings and particularly people's homes.Quote Message: It's important that we take these preventative health protection measures - which, however inconvenient are still relatively moderate - now to avoid the need for more severe measures and a Leicester-style lockdown.Quote Message: It's impossible to stress that the more people abide by these rules, the quicker they will be lifted [and] it's important that we all pull in the same direction to avoid a resurgence of coronavirus in our area.
By Ciaran Varley